Cambridge Literary Festival

Two festivals and events throughout the year, hosting literary greats, debut writers, scientists, artists, politicians, comedians and children's authors, all "For the Love of Books".

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Cambridge Literary Festival delivers two festivals per year in the Spring and Winter. Thousands of wordsmiths, writers and authors have graced our stages and have enthralled, entertained, educated and sometimes enraged our audiences.

We now welcome over 350 writers and speakers to Cambridge each year to cover a huge variety of topics. We debate current issues, present literary greats alongside debut writers, host scientists, artists, politicians, comedians, historians, journalists, poets, and a vibrant programme of events for our younger audiences.

We are fortunate to hold our events in some of the city’s most beautiful venues and our audiences love gaining access to previously unexplored places, including the historic Cambridge Union Chamber, St John’s Old Divinity School and the Palmerston Room.

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.


  • Accessibility Guide
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • wheelchair access

Accessibility Facilities

  • Accessibility Guide
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

One of the oldest surviving buildings in Cambridge is the Leper Chapel on Newmarket Road. Also known as the Chapel of St Mary Magdalene, it dates back to the 12th century and was originally used as a place to isolate victims of leprosy.