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Literature Cambridge

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Literature Cambridge was set up in 2015 by Trudi Tate, an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall who teaches Victorian and modern literature and has a passion to bring great literature in English to readers all over the world.


Literature Cambridge launched with a series of summer schools in which participants spend a week immersed in the life and works of their favourite authors. Enlisting many luminaries to teach, from ground-breaking Cambridge art historians Frances Spalding and Claudia Tobin to brilliant literary scholars Dame Gillian Beer, Susan Sellers, Isobel Maddison, Karina Jakubowicz, Claire Nicholson, Claire Davison, Alison Hennegan, and many others, Trudi’s summer courses have been a resounding success. Two summer courses usually run every year – one on Virginia Woolf, the other on a more general literary theme – and attract a wide range of students from home and abroad. These have been paused due to covid and are due to resume in 2022 or 2023.


In 2020, Literature Cambridge created an exciting series of Online Study Sessions. These attract lovers of literature from all over the world as well as locally. A group of superb lecturers, all with a Cambridge connection, provide top quality lectures and seminars, live online via Zoom. They study a great range of writers: Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Dickens, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster, Ivor Gurney, Katherine Mansfield, Zora Neale Hurston, D. H. Lawrence, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Bernadine Evaristo, refugee writers, and more.


They run a regular season of live online lectures on Virginia Woolf. The current season runs from October 2021 to summer 2022. You can book for as many or as few sessions as you like. Places are limited and sessions often sell out. A Jane Austen Season runs from January to April 2022, studying four of her wonderful novels in detail.


New from autumn 2021: Literature Cambridge now offer live online weekly and fortnightly courses on special topics, including:


Bloomsbury: Life and Writing (6 sessions)

Iris Murdoch and London (4 sessions)

History of the Sonnet (6 sessions; sold out in 2021. To be repeated Autumn 2022)

Sonnet Writing Workshops (2 sessions)


Further courses will be added in the coming months.


Literature Cambridge runs a fantastic series of in-person Study Days on Woolf, Shakespeare, George Eliot, Toni Morrison, and many other brilliant writers. These are currently paused and are due to resume in 2022 at Kettle’s Yard (dates and venue to be confirmed).


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