Our history, team, Honorary Patrons, Board and more
Cambridge Literary Festival (CLF) began as Cambridge Wordfest in 2003, when we had our first annual Spring Festival. We began hosting Winter Festivals in 2008.
2014 saw us become a charity and graduate to Cambridge Literary Festival, which is now firmly at the heart of the cultural scene in Cambridge. We continue to present two literary celebrations each year, plus one-off events as well as fresh digital content in the new CLF Player, packed full of recordings from our archive.
Cambridge Literary Festival soon became a much-loved and regular highlight drawing large audiences from Cambridge and the rest of the UK.
Thousands of wordsmiths, writers and authors have graced our festival stages and have enthralled, entertained, educated and sometimes enraged our audiences. We now welcome over 350 writers and speakers to Cambridge each year and stage events that cover a huge variety of topics.
Cambridge is one of the world’s greatest cities and is home to a university of global significance. We are fortunate to hold our events in some of its most beautiful venues and our audiences love gaining access to previously unexplored places including the historic Cambridge Union Chamber, the Old Divinity School which is part of St John’s College, and the Babbage Lecture Theatre.
We are enriched by the involvement of the academic community who regularly give us their time and brilliance by chairing events and discussing their own books.
We do what we do “For the Love of Books”.
Our response to Covid 19
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are unable to deliver our usual programme.
We have developed a rich online offer and will continue to bring you some of today’s best writers, alongside some of the most current issues in-person in Cambridge whenever possible and safe to do so.
For budding writers, we run masterclasses with skilled creative writing tutors, for lovers of fiction we have a monthly online Book Club hosted by critic Alex Clark, for children there are regular events full of fun and imagination.
Alongside this, we will continue to run our twice-yearly festivals online until we can safely open our doors once more and welcome you in.
Our Brilliant Team
The Festival is run by our little team of very hard-working people, who all get excited about books!
Cathy Moore – Festival Director
Angela Martin – Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Alison Stockham – Events Coordinator & Administrator
Marina Scott – Assistant Programmer
Jackie Latham – Finance Manager
And our amazing part-time or volunteer angels:
Sabine Edwards – Children’s Programmer
Tom Robbins – Digital Producer
Matilda Reith – Digital Producer
Clare Munday – Digital Helper
The Festival is greatly enriched by the generosity and brilliance of our talented and esteemed Honorary Patrons.
We are so very grateful for their investment, support and belief in us.
Dame Gillian Beer
Dame Margaret Drabble
Our lovely volunteers
This glorious band of friendly, hard-working and excited folk makes our festival shine. With them none of what we do is possible and their energy is boundless.
If you like to join them and be a part of the festival then just say hello by contacting us.
We promise to try to answer your emails as quickly as possible.
Our phone lines are open Mon-Fri between 10am – 6pm, except on Festival days.