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Cambridge Literary Festival is a small charity run by an even smaller team.

The support from our friends, benefactors and patrons helps us champion the best in writing and bring some of the world’s greatest writers, speakers and thinkers to the city.

Since the pandemic hit in 2020 we have had to reimagine how we operate, like so many other arts organisations we now can provide events online as well as in Cambridge.

However big or small your support is, it is incredibly valuable.

Thank you.

Volunteers

Volunteer

Being a volunteer is one of the best ways to experience the Festival. Festival and event stewards are at the heart of it all and wearing Festival t-shirts puts our volunteers very much in the public eye.

As a steward, you will help to welcome thousands of visitors lead by your Head Steward and assist with events so that authors and audiences get the most out of their Festival experience.

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Donate

A small ask. Like many arts organisations, we find ourselves in uncertain and highly challenging times. As a charity, we need your support to help secure the Festival for future generations to enjoy.

Please consider a donation, whatever you can spare will make a big difference. For other ways to contribute please take a look at becoming a Friend, Best Friend, Benefactor or Patron, or volunteering with us. 

Gift a membership

Want to support us and send a gift to someone?

Why not gift a membership.

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Become a Festival Friend

Our Friends are our bedrock. Each year our Friends’ contributions enable us to offer discounted tickets to under 25s, those on Jobseeker’s Allowance, as well as free events for children. In return we promise the following benefits:

  • Priority booking 
  • Priority entry to festival events 
  • Advance notification of the festival programme 
  • Festival Friends seasonal newsletter 

Just £25 per year

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Become a Best Friend

Our Best Friends make a vital contribution to the Festival, helping to ensure we can bring the finest writers and a diverse selection of talent to Cambridge and our increasingly global audience. In return we promise the following benefits: 

  • Festival Friends seasonal newsletter 
  • Advance notification of festival programme
  • Priority booking and 10% discount
  • Priority entry to festival events

Only £45 per year

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Become a Benefactor

Our generous benefactors allow us to continue to enhance our digital offer. In return we promise the following benefits: 

  • Festival Friends seasonal newsletter 
  • Advance notification of festival programme
  • Priority booking and 10% discount
  • Priority entry to festival events
  • Your name on our website and in our programme
  • complimentary tickets per year (max 2 per event)
  • Invitations to exclusive boutique events 
  • Free access to CLF Player content  

All for £300 per year

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Become a Patron

Patrons’ contributions enable the festival to pursue exciting developmental change. In return we offer the following benefits: 

  • Festival Friends seasonal newsletter 
  • Advance notification of festival programme
  • Priority booking and 10% discount
  • Priority entry to festival events
  • Your name on our website and in our programme
  • 12 complimentary tickets per year (max 2 per event)
  • Invitations to launch receptions
  • Free access to CLF Player content
  • Entry to the Green Room by arrangement
  • Invitation to exclusive receptions, boutique events and launches

From £600 per year

Legacy gifts

If you have loved attending the festival over the years you might consider leaving the festival a gift in your will. Your donation would mean that generations to come could also experience the joy of the festival.

Thank you

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