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Cambridge Wordfest

Cambridge Wordfest expands this winter with a programme to warm the heart and stimulate the mind. Taking place in the ADC Theatre and the historic Cambridge Union Winter Wordfest 2012 will host some of its most political conversations yet, penetrating the heart of current affairs and tackling the burning issues of the moment. Highlights include Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, with his inside story of power, politics and the media; Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy and Guardian journalist Paul Lewis debate Britain after the riots; Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions makes a rare appearance to discuss issues high on the legal agenda; Deputy Chair of the Labour Party, Tom Watson and Independent journalist, Martin Hickman, focus on News Corporation and the corruption of Britain which they tackle so powerfully in their book Dial M for Murdoch; Ferdinand Mount, Sunday Times columnist and Conservative Party politician with his timely account of our them-and-us society.

Wordfest will continue to delight fiction lovers, welcoming some of the biggest names in contemporary literature. Edna O’Brien makes her Wordfest debut to mark the publication of her memoir Country Girl; Rose Tremain returns with Merivel, her highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed Restoration; Norwegian literary heavyweight Karl Ove Knausgaard visits to discuss his controversial and genre-bending fictionalised memoir A Death in the Family, and the abundantly inventive and talented poet John Hegley will provide a two-hour performance which will certainly be an evening to remember. Best-selling novelists Kate Mosse (Labyrinth) and Joanne Harris (Chocolat) also combine forces to discuss their latest novels Citadel and Peaches for Monseuir le Curé.

Other highlights include a political conversation between father and daughter Tony and Melissa Benn; BBC broadcaster Gavin Esler on leadership; former home and foreign secretary Jack Straw and the Godfather of Italian gastronomy, Antonio Carluccio, each discussing their memoirs; and BBC Broadcaster and political journalist Andrew Marr on his new world history. Cambridge residents and historians Orlando Figes and Chris Clark will share their latest works and Kate Summerscale will also feed the appetite for history, narrating the drama of Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace, the true story of a scandalous crime which rocked Victorian England.

To see the complete Wordfest line-up click here.


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