We have teamed up with Stapleford Granary to offer intensive study days on a particular author or text, 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. Our students are of all ages, with a great range of experience. 

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 (15 minutes' walk) with train connections to London and central Cambridge. More information about the venue here.

Note: June 2019. Stapleford Granary is having problems with its booking system at the moment. You can email them on ace@staplefordgranary.org.uk to request tickets and they will contact you when the system is working again.

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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Study Days autumn 2019 and spring 2020

  • Saturday 21 September 2019. Reading Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, with Alison Hennegan, Claire Nicholson and Trudi Tate.

  • Saturday 19 October 2019. How to Read Poetry, with Anna Nickerson and Oliver Goldstein.

  • Saturday 16 November 2019. Understanding Hamlet, with Adrian Poole and Fred Parker.

  • Saturday 18 January 2020. Reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved, with Kasia Boddy and Michael Kalisch.

  • Saturday 21 March 2020. Reading Jane Austen’s Emma, with Fred Parker and Louise Joy.

  • Saturday 25 April 2020. Reading D. H. Lawrence’s short fiction and poems, with Hugh Stevens and Trudi Tate. Bookings open soon.

    Autumn 2020 to Spring 2021: save the dates

  • Sept 2020, 11am-5pm Woolf study day. Date and book to be confirmed.

  • Saturday 17 October 2020, 2-5.30 pm. Understanding Middlemarch, with Corinna Russell and Clare Walker Gore.

  • Saturday 28 November 2020, 2-5.30 pm Shakespeare study day. Play to be confirmed.

  • Saturday 20 February 2021. Understanding Othello, with Edward Wilson-Lee and Scott Annett.

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

Future Study Day topics include:

  • Zadie Smith

  • Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Arthur Miller, A View from the Bridge

  • Sylvia Plath

  • Reading the Partition of India: Salman Rushdie and Arundati Roy

  • Reading Joyce's Ulysses

  • Wordsworth and John Clare

  • Understanding The Tempest

  • Understanding Romeo and Juliet

  • Understanding The Winter’s Tale

  • Understanding Richard II

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We are also planning a reading and talk to raise money for the refugee charity, Refugee Tales. Venue: in central Cambridge. Details to come.

Past Study Days

Information about previous study days can be found here.

Comments on To the Lighthouse Study Day

  • 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.

Comments on Tragedy Study Day

Woolf Study Day 2018

Woolf Study Day 2018

  • 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.

Comments on Tennyson Study Day

  • Ewan Jones's poetry reading was wonderful.

  • Oliver Goldstein's lecture was easy to follow and very interesting.

  • It was all very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks very much!


Woolf Study Day, Understanding A Room of One’s Own, September 2018, at Stapleford Granary.
Photos by Jeremy Peters @JezPete.