Taking place from 24 – 26 November 2017 in venues across the City of Cambridge, the winter edition of the Cambridge Literary Festival continues to grow and offers a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, discussions and debates.
Cathy Moore, Festival Director, says of this year’s festival “2017 will be our largest ever winter festival and a full-to-bursting Christmas stocking of a weekend which includes two Booker Prize-winners, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, and two of this year’s shortlisted authors – Festival Patron Ali Smith and debut novelist Fiona Mozley.
Former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, launches the Festival with How to Stop Brexit, the biggest challenge to face the UK in a generation whilst two of the most talked about books of the Autumn kick off Saturday – A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin and How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb. Ilan Pappe and Donald Macintyre discuss life in the Occupied Territories to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and much-loved writer and director Armando Iannucci rounds off the day by sharing his passion for classical music.
Out of the Christmas stocking on Sunday pops cricket broadcasting legend Henry Blofeld celebrating his 40 year innings as the voice of Test Match Special, and 15 years on from her bestselling I Don’t Know How She Does It, Festival Patron Allison Pearson is back with the next instalment, How Hard Can It Be? Best known for his legendary career as a music producer and composer, Brian Eno, joins environmentalists James Thornton and Martin Goodman for an optimistic discussion about the new environmental heroes who are taking governments to court and winning. Later on one of our most active campaigners for human rights, Shami Chakrabarti, joins us to promote the vindication of the rights of women worldwide whilst Evan Davis and Mathew d’Ancona offer a route through the muddy waters of this post-truth age. Providing a balm for the soul finale to the weekend is the wondrous Jackie Kay, performing her poetry here for the first time as Scotland’s Makar. Join us and them for a weekend of talk, debate, laughter, literature and poetry.”
To find out more about the Cambridge Literary Festival visit the festival website.
As part of our sponsorship of the Cambridge Literary Festival, we are offering Trust subscribers the opportunity to obtain free tickets to the events outlined below. If you would like to request a pair of free tickets to one of these events, please complete our ticket registration form before 4pm on Friday 27 October. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Successful applicants will be contacted by email before Friday 3 November. If you do not receive a confirmation email by this date then you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. All unsuccessful applicants will be on a reserve list for returned tickets.
The Ticket Giveaway is now closed.
Baillie Gifford Sponsored Events:Ilan Pappe and Donald Macintyre: Life in the Occupied Territories
Saturday 25 November at 1.30pm
Most people have a strong opinion when it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Few people have the unrivalled experience, sharp-eyed insight and access to the personal stories of those living in the West Bank and Gaza as today’s speakers. Join Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe, and award-winning Jerusalem correspondent, Donald Macintyre, as they offer two different but brilliantly incisive and moving accounts of what life is like in the Occupied Territories.
In conversation with Sian Kevill, former Editor of Newsnight, Director of Make Waves – making films that have social impact.David Kynaston: A History of the Bank of England
Sunday 26 November at 2.30pm
In 1776 Adam Smith declared the Bank of England to be ‘Not an ordinary bank, but a great engine of state’. Yet the history of this key national institution remains largely unknown. One of our best-selling and respected historians, David Kynaston, corrects this with his authorised and commanding history. Come and hear the man who has been called the most entertaining historian alive.Evan Davis and Matthew d’Ancona: Post Truth
Sunday 26 November at 4.00pm
In this post-truth era trust has evaporated, conspiracy theories thrive, the authority of the media has wilted and emotions matter more than facts. If you are wearied and infuriated by Trump, Brexit and a barrage of fake news, join Newsnight’s Evan Davis, and award-winning journalist, Mattthew d’Ancona, who will offer a route through the muddy waters of the post-truth age and consider how to stand up and fight back.