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The Cambridge Literary Festival in association with the New Statesman: Spring 2020

  • Friday, 17. April 2020 to Sunday, 19. April 2020
  • Facebook Live and Zoom

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Due to the current lockdown, the Cambridge Literary Festival’s spring edition, in association with the New Statesman, has been cancelled. Some of the events will be carried over to the Winter Festival. In the meantime, there will instead be a Listening Festival, featuring live streaming, video interviews and podcasts to enjoy from home. The festival features speakers including Caroline Lucas, David Wallace-Wells, Ann Pettifor and AC Grayling, as well as highlights below. To join an event, visit www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com and click on the link to the Listening Festival.


Maya Goodfellow

Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats

Available from Friday | Zoom

While a government keen to tell voters that it could control immigration created the “hostile environment”, our television screens showed us refugees drowning in the Mediterranean and a country riven with discord unleashed by the EU referendum. When studies show the benefits of immigration and refute the idea that it strains public services, where does this scapegoating come from? Maya Goodfellow marshals the latest research in this sharp-eyed investigation. In conversation with Anoosh Chakelian, Britain Editor, New Statesman. Join the event.


Helen Lewis

Difficult Women

Available from Friday | Zoom

Acclaimed journalist and festival favourite Helen Lewis presents her first book – a survey of the women who refused to shut up and sit down. Including the working-class suffragettes advocating bombings and arson, the “striker in a sari” who terrified Margaret Thatcher and the 21st-century feminists fighting for access to abortion services, Lewis’s funny, fearless and sometimes shocking book is both celebration and call to arms. In conversation with columnist and critic Sarah Ditum. Join the event.


David Lammy


11am, Saturday | Facebook Live

David Lammy, the first black Briton to attend Harvard Law School, and Tottenham MP since 2000, took a DNA test in 2007 to explore his own heritage. He found that his ancestors belonged to several tribes across Niger, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. This prompted Lammy’s thinking on tribalism and belonging: how should we navigate the positive aspects of belonging with the pernicious problem of excluding and marginalising? How have digitisation and globalisation led to new, pernicious forms of tribalism? Join this inspiring politician to find out more. In conversation with Anoosh Chakelian, Britain Editor, New Statesman. Join the event.

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