The box office is now open and the line up revealed for the 2017 Cambridge Literary Festival, which takes place between April 18 and 23.
Festival organisers have gathered a roll-call of remarkable writers, politicians, thinkers, scientists, economists, campaigners and historians to ignite conversations and help them celebrate and contemplate the best of times and the worst of times.
Joining the spring party this year is English actress, model and swinging sixties icon Charlotte Rampling, who was born in Sturmer near Haverhill.
The line up also features Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, fragrance guru Jo Malone, Innocent Drinks co-Founder Richard Reed, best-selling children’s authors Jacqueline Wilson, Labour MP’s Harriet Harman and Jess Philips, Women’s Equality Party Co-Founder Catherine Mayer, controversial contemporary painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling.
Representing the culinary world is Michelin star celebrity chef Tom Kerridge and Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers while Scandinavian style and well-being author of all things Hygge, Louisa Thomsen Brits and prize-winning novelists Sebastian Barry, Elif Shafak and Rose Tremain are also among the speakers.
The author of Apple Tree Yard Louise Doughty, Grantchester Murder Mysteries writer James Runcie, BBC World Affair’s Editor John Simpson, Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee, broadcaster and BBC Coast presenter Nicholas Crane, top science writers Adam Rutherford, Barbara Sahakian, Jo Marchant, Mark Connelly and Ed Yong, interactive Star Wars and Harry Potter events for children; and BBC Radio 1 presenter and teen advocate Gemma Cairney are all also lined up.
Tackling the major issues facing us today - the rise of populist politics, the spread of nationalism and the reprise of fascism - our
panels of experts discuss Trump 100 Days On; Brexit: What Next; and the New Statesman Debate grapples with the theory that
we have we returned to the politics of the 1930’s.
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK and reflect on the highs and lows with LGBT activists including Jack Monroe, Andrew Soloman and Paul Flynn.
For tickets call 01223 357851 or visit www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk.
The full programme is available online at www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com.