Cambridge Literary Festival (CLF) launched as Cambridge Wordfest in 2003 with an annual spring festival and added a winter festival in 2008.
In 2014 we became a charity and graduated to CLF 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 and fresh digital content.
Find out more about our Governance here.
CLF soon became a much-loved and regular highlight drawing large audiences from Cambridge and the rest of the UK.
Thousands of wordsmiths 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 which cover a huge variety of topics.
We debate current issues, present the literary greats alongside debut writers, host scientists, artists, politicians, comedians, historians, journalists, poets, and a vibrant programme of events for our younger audiences.
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 Tiny Team
The Festival is run by a “Tiny Team” of very hard–working people, who all get excited about books!
Cathy Moore – Founding Director
Angela Martin – Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Marina Scott – Administrator
Jackie Latham – Finance Manager
Holly Knox – Intern
Sabine Edwards – Children’s Programmer
And our amazing freelancers:
Tom Robbins – Digital Producer
Matilda Reith – Digital Producer
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 and belief in us.
Dame Gillian Beer
Dame Margaret Drabble
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.
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