Booking for the winter edition of Cambridge Literary Festival is just around the corner.
From 10 September, at 10am, tickets are on sale for another fantastic selection of big-name authors, experts in politics, history, science and nature, and new children’s laureate Cressida Cowell.
Ian McEwan makes his debut solo appearance at the festival – which runs from 29 November to 1 December – to talk about his new book Machines Like Us. Elif Shafak introduces her powerful, gripping novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, and Will Eaves discusses his Wellcome Book Prize winner Murmur.
News readers George Alagiah and Tom Bradby share their talent for fiction, while Dame Darcey Bussell (above) discusses her life in dancing. Raymond Blanc, one of the great chefs, shares his latest passion for a 2,500-tree orchard.
There’s a chance to see the New Statesman politics podcast, with Stephen Bush, recorded live, and political journalist Steve Richards has a timely discussion on prime ministers from Harold Wilson to Boris Johnson.
Cowell will appear twice with tales of wizards, dragons and her character Emily Brown.
Festival director Cathy Moore said: “The collective joy to be found in gathering to hear from these eclectic, inspiring and uplifting writers and performers is what I am looking forward to most.”