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.

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.

Study Days 2018

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Autumn 2018
Sat. 15 September. Reading Woolf, A Room of One's Own. With Alison Hennegan, Frances Spalding, and Trudi Tate.
Sat. 20 October 2018. Understanding King Lear. With Adrian Poole and Fred Parker. 
Sat. 3 November 2018. First World War writings.

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.

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

Spring 2019
Thursday 24 January 2019. An evening with Sophie Hannah.

Future Study Day topics include:

Reading the Partition of India: Salman Rushdie and Arundati Roy
Understanding Macbeth
Remembering Slavery: Toni Morrison's Beloved
How to Read Poetry
Jane Austen, Emma
Zadie Smith
D. H. Lawrence
Woolf, The Waves
Arthur Miller, A View from the Bridge
Kazuo Ishiguro
John Clare, nature poet

We are also planning a reading and talk by Ali Smith and others to raise money for the refugee charity, Refugee Tales. (http://refugeetales.org/) Date tbc. Venue: in central Cambridge; tbc.


Praise for 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.

Praise for Tragedy Study Day

• 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.


• 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!

Past Study Days

Information about previous study days can be found here.

Past course: 12 November 2017. Ali Smith and Gillian Beer in Conversation.

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