We have teamed up with Stapleford Granary to offer intensive Study Days on a particular book or theme, taught by leading academics.

We are delighted to bring the best of literary discussion to a wide audience, with accessible lectures by outstanding Cambridge scholars. There are no pre-requisites for the Study Days – just a love of reading.

Stapleford Granary is a beautiful building, an old granary renovated into a fantastic venue for lectures and concerts. It is 5 miles from the centre of Cambridge, easy to reach by bike, bus, or car. Shelford station is close by (20 minutes' walk) with train connections to London and central Cambridge. More information about the venue here.

Courses February to June 2017

25 February. Alice in Space.   Details here.
18 March. Tragedy, Past and Present.   Details here.
29 April. Reading Pride and Prejudice.    Details here.
13 May. Creative Writing.   Details here.
11 June. Reading The Waste Land.   Details here.

If you would like to be on our emailing list, please email us at info@literaturecambridge.co.uk, or contact us via our contact form here.

Save the dates:
Bookings open soon for our autumn study days 2017:
16 September. Reading Mrs Dalloway
12 November. Ali Smith and Gillian Beer in Conversation


Teachers: a teacher bringing 5-10 students can come for free. Maximum 10 students. Please email us for details: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk


Praise for To the lighthouse Study Day, 17 sept. 2016

-  I learned plenty of new material and LOVED doing intensive study on a single text.

-  I had a wonderful time! Really liked the range of topics discussed, and was so excited to hear from renowned experts.

-  Superb – thanks.

- Well planned day moving from general overview to specific aspects, much appreciated.

- I enjoyed the day very much indeed. I hope you do more of them with the same structure.


Praise for Tragedy Study Day, 18 March 2017


• Three terrific lectures.
• A great day.
• Utterly fascinating. I didn’t know what to expect. ... I was completely riveted by all the talks and the audience questions were also fascinating.
• The facilities are great. Fantastic lunch.
• Very worthwhile day school. May there be more such days!
• Inspirational teaching.

Past Study Days

Reading To the Lighthouse

Our first study day took place on 17 September 2016 with a day on Virginia Woolf's much-loved novel of yearning, loss, love, and mourning, To the Lighthouse (1927). Three Woolf scholars reflected upon the novel from different angles. Dame Gillian Beer explored the wealth of story-telling within To the Lighthouse. Trudi Tate discussed mourning the Victorian mother. Frances Spalding talked about Cézanne, Roger Fry, and visual art in To the Lighthouse.

For a report on the lectures, please see our Blog page for 19 September.


Alice in Space

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25 February 2017. A fascinating afternoon of lectures on the rich intellectual world of Lewis Carroll. Dame Gillian Beer discussed some of the ideas in her new book, Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll (Chicago UP, 2016). Zoe Jaques explored the ways in which Carroll wrote about animals. For some ideas from the lectures, see our Blog page, 1 March 2017.


Tragedy: Past and Present

18 March 2017. An inspirational day of lectures by leading Cambridge scholars. The study day gave us a glimpse of the monumental Tragedy paper taught to undergraduates in the English Faculty. For some extracts from the lectures plus a list of further reading, see our Blog page, 19-23 March 2017.