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Cambridge Literary Festival: This Winter, Warm Yourself by Reading a Book



One of the best ways to overcome a freezing winter is reading a good book, and then maybe talking about literature, in a friendly, cosy environment. Between Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, you can warm your soul in the beautiful city of Cambridge by going to the Cambridge Literary Festival, a perfect festival to forget the winter frost.


The festival is organised by a charity that aims to improve and enhance public education, promoting arts, literature and culture. Several different topics will be addressed by top writers - writers from the media and the literature world. Academics and politicians will also share their thoughts and opinions in order to enrich us, and make us think about profound issues.


There will be a taste of the festival on Saturday 22nd November with FRSL (Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature) author, Zadie Smith. On the Saturday of the festival, author and radio broadcaster Lemn Sissay will open the festival, and Deborah Levy, Booker-shortlisted for Swimming Home, will talk about her new book Hot Milk. The funny journalist, musician and priest Richard Coles will present his autobiography Bringing in the Sheaves, entertaining the audience with his charisma.


On Sunday, the patron of the festival, Scottish novelist Ali Smith, CBE for services to literature, will present her new book. During the same day, Kenneth Klarke, MP since 1970, and Alan Johnson, member of Blair and Brown’s cabinet during their governments, will discuss politics, stimulating an interesting debate.


All venues are in the historic city centre of Cambridge, and will include the Cambridge Union Society, the Lady Mitchell Hall, the Round Church, and the Win stanley Lecture Theatre. If you are in the Cambridgeshire in late November, this festival is the perfect remedy to melt an icy winter.


To buy the tickets online of the Cambridge Literary Festival, please visit: http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com/schedule. If you prefer the old reliable telephone, you can call their box office at 01223 357851.


By Alessandro Volpino

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