All About

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.  


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Our Tiny Team

The Festival is run by a “Tiny Team” of very hardworking 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


Honorary Patrons

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
Melissa Benn
Alex Clark
Jill Dawson
Dame Margaret Drabble
Robert Macfarlane
Robert McCrum
Michael Morpurgo
Rowan Pelling
David Reynolds
David Runciman
Elif Shafak
Ali Smith
Frances Spalding
Preti Taneja
Bee Wilson
Trust magazine

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions about programming, events, getting involved, accessibility, or anything else Festival related, please drop us a line! We love hearing from you. 

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