Cambridge Wordfest – how to do spring properly

Reading is a solitary pursuit on the whole, and so is writing.  When the weather’s bad, the temptation is to curl up inside and use words to keep warm.

As the first glimmers of spring appear though – writers and readers begin to come out of hibernation and start looking around for more members of their tribe.

I’m lucky enough to live just outside Cambridge where we have the excellent Cambridge Wordfest.  I went along to their launch party – and 10th Anniversary celebration – and am slavering at the various writers and events they’ve got planned.

From Friday 13th April till Sunday 15th, there are a wealth of fascinating chances to meet authors and other readers.  I glanced through their list and would happily attend 12 at a first cull, and those I’ve not looked at closely deserve a second chance.

The events range from authors reading from their books (such as Ian Rankin and Michael Portillo), workshops on all aspects of writing (poetry, non-fiction, and crime – run by the excellent Sophie Hannah), panels discussing relevant topics (a creepy line-up on Obsession – Sophie Hannah again, SJ Watson and Penny Hancock), plenty for children to do and it all wraps up with a literary quiz.

Booking opens on Friday March 2nd.  Even if you’re not local, it’s worth a detour – this line-up is exceptionally good – and a great way to break your winter’s hibernation.  Will I see you there?  Which events do you fancy?


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February 27, 2012

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