Cambridge Literary Festival

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Vince Cable

The phenomenal Elif Shafak returns to Cambridge for this in person event to launch her most magical novel yet

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Though restrictions are lifting, Cambridge Literary Festival are remaining COVID-19 cautious to keep our community safe.

For in-person events, we ask that our audience remain socially distanced, wear masks indoors, and use our track and trace system.


Antonio Tabucchi

Our Author of the Month for August in partnership with the London Review Bookshop is Italian novelist and short story writer Antonio Tabucchi.

As a young man, Tabucchi travelled widely around Europe. At a second-hand bookstall close to the Gare de Lyon he happened upon a copy of a book signed by Álvaro de Campos, one of the many pseudonyms of the Portuguese modernist Fernando Pessoa. It was a chance encounter that defined the rest of his life, half lived in Lisbon and half in Siena as a professor of Portuguese literature. Portugal is present in almost all of his books; his masterpiece is probably Sostiene Pereira (Pereira Maintains), a powerful description of heroic resistance, by someone nothing like a hero, to political oppression under Salazar’s dictatorship.

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Trust – award-winning non-fiction magazine from Baillie Gifford

Baillie Gifford are long-term supporters of the festival and dedicated supporters of UK literary events.

Trust is full of insightful articles about innovations that are transforming the way we live and work. Through features on pioneering companies and conversations with visionary authors, readers can find out first-hand about the sources of disruption in our fast-changing world. You can also access regular literary-related giveaways and exclusive author interviews.

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