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Cambridge Literary Festival

45+ events including David Dimbleby | Hugh Bonneville | Lady Brenda Hale | Nadiya Hussain | Ruth Jones | Jarvis Cocker | Ian McEwan | Kamila Shamsie | Philippe Sands | George Monbiot Esme Young | Jeffrey Boakye | Kate Mosse | Adrian Chiles | Sarah Churchwell | Abi Morgan | Reni Eddo-Lodge | Travis Alabanza | Luke Harding | Tessa Hadley | Mya-Rose Craig

  • 17th November 2022 - 20th November 2022
  • 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Big Names. Astonishing Writers.

Signed copies in time for Christmas!

Headlining Sunday Ian McEwan returns following a sell out appearance in November 2019, with new novel Lessons. Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 Kamila Shamsie presents her highly anticipated new book Best of Friends set in Karachi.  This year’s winner of the Goldsmiths Prize joins us for their first event fresh from the Winner’s Announcement on 9th November. Making a rare UK appearance, Spanish-language award winning Argentinian writer Samanta Schweblin joins us to talk about her new collection Seven Empty Houses. Closer to home Cambridge alumna Dame Margaret Drabble joins Tessa Hadley as they discuss their careers and the Swinging Sixties with Emeritus Professor and an Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall and Girton Colleges, Dame Gillian Beer.


Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Evening Cocktails or a Quiz night – we’ve got it covered at the University Arms.

Kate Mosse (co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction) joins Abi Morgan (screenwriter The Iron Lady, Shame and Suffragette and BBC series The Split) to be part of an A-List line up at our inaugural Saturday evening ‘Literary Soiree’ hosted by Alex Clark at luxury hotel the University Arms. Earlier in the day the University Arms plays host to a Literary Lunch, a two-course meal with a glass of wine alongside a conversation between two acclaimed novelists Jill Dawson and Sarah Vaughan (author of Netflix hit series Anatomy of a Scandal). Flick through the Sunday newspapers with New Statesman editor Jason Cowley and his team at a Breakfast with the Editors on Sunday morning or treat your loved ones to an Afternoon Tea with a household name soon to be announced.  Stick around and grab a drink in the beautiful ballroom for an evening of top-quality fun with Frank Paul, quizmaster extraordinaire as we round off our festival weekend at the University Arms.


Downton’s very own Earl of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville takes us through his career highlights and life as an actor – with some hilarious anecdotes along the way, for example which Hollywood star did he mistake for an estate agent? 90s Britpop phenomenon PULP are to reform in 2023, we couldn’t be more delighted to be welcoming the iconic front man Jarvis Cocker to the Festival as we delve into his first book of prose (Good Pop, Bad Pop).  Comedian Al Murray’s love of

comedy has always been a dual passion alongside his less well-known love of military history (Command: How the Allies Learned to Win the Second World War).



  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Restaurant

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Blue Badge Parking
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Wheel chair accessible

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