About Cambridge Wordfest
Twice each year Cambridge Wordfest welcomes some of the world’s freshest thinkers to celebrate with us the power of words in all their forms. From novelists, poets, editors and critics, to scientists, politicians, historians and entertainers, we showcase the most exciting reflections of the world we live in today.
Conceived and launched in 2003, the festival has been well-attended and enthusiastically praised from the very first, and has gone from strength to strength. Today, Wordfest continues to bring the best in new and established writers to the historic and beautiful city of Cambridge, providing a rich cultural offering for this renowned seat of learning.
Wordfest is more than just a festival. It’s a space for the expression of dissonance, diversity, debate and desires. It showcases creativity. It encourages children and young people to be enthused by the power of words, the love of books. It creates a space for authors and readers to mix, and it provides opportunities for new and budding writers. It celebrates the breadth of human experience, gives Cambridge its richness, and gives Cambridge its cultural.
Participants on both sides of the lectern have expressed their appreciation of the festival...
What our authors say:
“Cambridge audiences are always receptive and enthusiastic and both with the organisers and the audience I felt I was among friends.” PD James
“Still remains one of my favourite literary festivals.” Graham Swift
“Cambridge Wordfest offers exactly what you'd want in a festival.” AL Kennedy
“Cambridge has always been a place of beautiful words, but Wordfest has gone one better and taken books out of the college libraries and into the town for all to share” Allison Pearson
“A wonderful legacy that enriches our local and national cultural landscape.” Simon Baron-Cohen
What our audience says:
“We’ve only just discovered you – we’ll be back!”
"Fantastic event to have twice a year in Cambridge. The mix this time of political/scientific/literature was great!"
“I did not really know what to expect – it was a wonderful surprise.”
“Can’t praise events I attended highly enough. All extended beyond my expectations. Thank you.”
“What a great few days – very stimulating talks in beautiful surroundings.”
“Very worthwhile, long may it continue.”
"It simply is a brilliant event. I am so delighted to have a book festival on our doorstep rather than having to travel to Hay or Cheltenham. It is a fantastic place to meet up with friends and clients."
"Excellent – what an outstanding line-up this year – a surfeit of choice."
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