Cambridge Literary Festival

The 2016 Literary Festival returns to Cambridge on the 26th and 27th November.

There are some really fascinating authors speaking this year and there are a really wide range of themes going to be covered. A multitude of novels will be presented, most are fiction, but there is also some poetry from Ian Macmillan, who is presenting his collection called “To Fold an Evening Star”, some historical fiction and some politically based books.

If you’re into history, don’t miss Jenni Murray’s presentation of her book “A History of Britain in 21 Women”. Or if politics and economics are more your thing, go along to presentations of the books “Shadow Wars” and “My House in Damascus”.

Don’t miss such a fantastic opportunity to hear some really impressive authors present their work!

You can find the programme here:


Festival of Ideas 2016

The Festival of Ideas returns to Cambridge on the 17th October, this year’s theme is ‘movement’. An exciting series of exhibitions, talks, debates, performances and hands-on experiences will cover topics related to movement. The theme will be explored from every imaginable angle so there should be something for everyone. The European migrant crisis is at the centre of the majority of the talks and exhibitions so if you have an interest in this then definitely take a look. If you’re not a fan of sitting through lengthy lectures then there are films and exhibitions exploring different the topics, so no excuses! This is such as fantastic cambfestopportunity right on our door step –  so go along to something you want to know more about or something brand new!

The brochure includes all the timings and locations:


Cambridge University Library Exhibitions

Cambridge University Library is 600 years old this year and is running a series of special exhibitions. The exhibitions include Newton’s Papers, Sassoon’s Journal, Darwin’s manuscripts and a collection of incredible, ancient writings in the Lines of Thought Exhibition. Works in this exhibition include Beowulf written in Old English, Shakespeare’s First Folio, fragments of an Abbasid Qu’ran from the 3rd century and many more amzing pieces. The Library is running a whole series of events to mark the 600th anniversary, including workshops and tours of the exhibitions. They are also offering a free app for download. Check out the website for more details:


Cambridge Open days – Book now!

For those wanting to apply to Cambridge University in October to attend in October 2017 or just look around the inside of the colleges, booking for the open days has begun. This will be a very busy event so booking is required for the majority of events in order to ensure that you get to see what you want. there will be many events going on throughout the city during this time, including lectures and experiments, with under-graduate and post-graduate students and fellows all giving up their time to offer their views on the college and answer any questions which you may have.

The dates for the open days are Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July. To book a place follow the link below.

For those planning to apply to Oxford, the Open days are Wednesday 29th aand Thursday 30th June, however, booking for this will open in due course.

Love Food? – ‘Eat Cambridge’ Festival

Calling all food fans! 7th – 22nd May logo2015

The ‘Eat – Cambridge’ festival is a showcase for all things food. Go and enjoy local food from independent retailers around Cambridgeshire. The festival runs for 2 weeks, including events, talks, demos  and ‘food fairs’ where you can be sure to find a good selection of tasters!


Interested? Check out the brochure for more details on the festival:

‘The Obama Impact’ – Lecture

Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University, presents ‘The Obama Impact – Transformation and Reaction in US Politics’

Friday 6th May 530-7pm, Faculty of Law, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Acclaimed sociologist and political science Theda Skocpol will present a reflection on the transformation of the United States over Obama’s time in office since 2009 and a discussion on his legacy.1933
(Obama’s ‘retirement plans’ )