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The great and the good of UK literature descend on Cambridge
As the home of the Cambridge University Press and the birthplace of writers such as Richard Cumberland and William Whitehead, the city of Cambridge has a rich and diverse literary heritage. For the last eleven years it has also played host to one of the UK's premier literary festivals.
Originally known as Cambridge Wordfest, the Cambridge Literary Festival has built a reputation for consistently enticing the cream of the UK's literary scene to the banks of the River Cam since the event's inception back in 2003. This year promises a similarly stellar lineup, with Goldsmith's Prize winner Eimear McBride, politician and writer Alan Johnson and celebrated author Nick Hornby all slated to appear.
Politician and writer Alan Johnson is making an appearance at the event
The festival will also feature an appearance from award-winning actress turned novelist Sheila Hancock, who made her first foray into the world of literature this year with 'Mrs Carter's War'. She will be discussing her debut work with critic Alex Clark.
... as is literary institution, Nick Hornby!
The festival is scheduled to take place on three non-consecutive days in November, with events to be held on the 12th and 14th of the month as well as a fuller calendar of events penciled in for November 30th. Take a look at the event's official website for the full schedule as times are subject to change. Venues include the Cambridge Union Chamber and Winstanley Lecture Theatre, which are inspiring places to visit in their own right.
The bewitching Cambridge Union Chamber is one of the festival's venues