Shirley Williams and Andrew Marr at Cambridge Literature Festival

Baroness Shirley Williams ANL-141211-164632001
Baroness Shirley Williams ANL-141211-164632001
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Cambridge Literary Festival has added Andrew Marr to the city’s much loved winter programme on Sunday, November 30

One of Britain’s best-loved broadcasters and non-fiction authors, Marr will be discussing Head of State, his first foray into fiction and a darkly satirical, gripping political thriller.

Cambridge Literary Festival brings award winning novelists, politicians, biographers, campaigners and historians to the heart of the city for a one day literary extravaganza. The line-up this year includes:

Festival patron Ali Smith, reading from Booker Short listed How to be Bot and Eimear McBride (winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize & Goldsmith’s Prize for Fiction) for novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

Two of Ireland’s master story-tellers make an enticing due - John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) presents his latest book A History of Loneliness, and Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart) presents The Thing About December; Caroline Moorehead, New York Times bestselling author, will talk about her new novel Village of Secrets, the fascinating story of French villagers who saved thousands from the Gestapo during World War II.

And actress Sheila Hancock brings her debut novel, Miss Carter’s War which she will discuss with critic Alex Clark.

Following his award of the Ondaatje and Orwell Prizes for This Boy, Alan Johnson returns to the festival with the second instalment of his memoir Please, Mr Postman; award winning writer Barbara Taylor will reflect on her experiences and observations from her time in a London psychiatric hospital during the 1980s recounted in The Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times.

Concluding the Festival’s ‘Legacy of War’ commemorations for 2014, Shirley Williams & Mark Bostridge will reflect on Testament of Youth, the classic memoir of the First World War written by her mother Vera Brittain.

Political debate will again hit the stand at this year’s festival when the Cambridge Union Debating chamber will be host to a discussion between Owen Jones and Shami Chakrabarti about the future of the establishment, democracy and liberty.

Campaigning remains high on the agenda with two young social media maestros; feminist Laura Bates will talk about her phenomenal ‘Everyday Sexism’ project, while Jack Munroe will share her recipe for surviving recession as a single parent and talk about her latest book A Year in 120 Recipes. Biographer John Campbell discusses ex-politician and public figure Roy Jenkins, while Rachel Holmes explores the revolutionary life and times of Eleanor Marx in her much garlanded biography.

Leading scholar and mythographer Marina Warner reveals hidden secrets in some of our best known fairy stories as she talks about her new book Once Upon A Time.

Nature writing makes its presence felt with Dave Goulson and Helen Macdonald.