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Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s loveliest cities, Cambridge Literary Festival occupies a place at the cultural heart of Cambridge – a city that is home to a university of global significance, built on discovery, writing and creativity.

The Literary Festival has been an established player in the cultural landscape for the past 17 years, championing the best in writing and bringing some of the world’s greatest writers, speakers and thinkers to Cambridge.

Join us

Being a volunteer is one of the best ways to experience the Festival. Festival and event stewards are at the heart of it all, 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.

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. 

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 Jobsseeker’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

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 cross section 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

Just £45 per year

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 launch receptions
  • Free access to CLF Player content  

All for £300 per year

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 

From £600 per year

Patrons & Benefactors

With grateful thanks to our Patrons:

Andrew Blake  |  Fiona Blake  |  Henry Elliot  |  Daphne Astor  |  Robert Sansom  |  Adam Glinsman  |  Jeremy Newsum  |  Duncan Hannay-Robertson  |  Alan Bates  |  Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey

With grateful thanks to our Benefactors:

Catherine Carr  |  Julia Collins  |  Fiona Crawley  |  Stephen Ferron  |  Andrew Freeman  |  Charlotte Griffiths  |  Antoinette Jackson  |  Jackie Latham  |  Willa McDonald  |  Robert Mair  |  Ann McAllister  |  Jackie Newton |  Steve Penney  |  Sian Reid  |  Margaret Reynolds  |  John Stanton |  Marilyn Treacy

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