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The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education is teaming up with Cambridge Literary Festival to hold a glittering author event at the Institute’s home in the stunning 16th-century mansion of Madingley Hall. The event is one of the highlights of a weekend of creative writing seminars and a literary dinner – all designed to appeal to booklovers and writers.

On Saturday 8 April 2017 at 4.30pm, award-winning author Lucy Hughes-Hallett will be talking about her new novel, Peculiar Ground and how liberating and alarming it can be to write fiction after her hugely successful career as a critic and biographer. Lucy’s last book, The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio, won all three of the UK's most prestigious awards for non-fiction - the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography of the Year Award.

The event will be followed by the Institute’s first-ever literary dinner. Historian and broadcaster Tom Holland, award-winning crime writer Elly Griffiths and food writer and owner of Fitzbillies, Tim Hayward will discuss their work and sign books. Topping, Ely-based independent bookseller, will be selling books on the day.

There will also be the chance to pick up tips from ICE’s creative writing tutors, all published authors, in a series of seminars on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday 8 April Dr Sarah Burton will discuss how to pep up your fiction, Midge Gillies will talk about the road to publication and Sue Teddern, whose credits include Cooking in a Bedsitter (BBC Radio 4) and Birds of a Feather and Homefront (TV) will offer a practical workshop on writing for radio.

On Sunday 9 April Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and The Bedlam Stacks, will discuss writing fantasy fiction. Derek Niemann, country diary columnist for the Guardian, will – weather permitting – hold an open-air workshop in Madingley Hall’s beautiful grounds, designed by Capability Brown. Screen writer, Rick Harvey will discuss “theme” when writing for screen or page.

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