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Cambridge Festival of Creative Writing

We are delighted to announce a new annual festival of creative writing at Madingley Hall. To mark our partnership with the BBC National Short Story Award, this festival will celebrate the short story.

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Sat 17 March 2012 8:00AM - 5:00PM

The forgiveness project- A world to believe in

The forgiveness project; An organisation working in the field of conflict resolution, reconcilliation and victim support

9:00AM - 4:30PM

Highlight Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books

Ten great book collectors whose volumes have enriched the University Library's holdings from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

9:00AM - 8:00PM

Highlight Swimmers by Quentin Blake

Works created for the new Maternity Wing of the University Hospital at Angers, France

9:00AM - 10:00PM

Cambridge Science Festival

Join us for the UK's largest free science festival, exploring science through explosive demonstrations, hands on experiments and expert talks from leading scientists at the 2012 Cambridge Science Festival.

10:00AM - 4:00PM


Design a model hovercraft. The Department of Engineering invites you to learn about the forces needed to make a hovercraft move by making a working model. Will it go? Will it travel in a straight line? How fast can you make it go?

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Highlight These Rough Notes: Captain Scott's last expedition

A chance to see unique manuscripts from the archive of Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition (1910-13) on show to commemorate the centenary of the first British expedition to the attain the South Pole.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

England and the Dutch Republic in the age of Vermeer

Coins and medals from the 17th-century

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Trail: beauty walk

Pick up a map which leads you on a beauty walk around the Fitzwilliam and nominate the painting or object you find the most beautiful.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Miranda Boulton: Lost in the Middle

‘Lost in the middle’ is a brave statement and defines the artistic practise and visual language of Miranda Boulton.

11:30AM - 2:00PM

Saturday drawing

Fortnightly drawing workshops. With artists David Kefford and Jane Waterhouse

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Michaelhouse Saturday lunchtime concert: the cantores choir

A programme of part songs and seasonal music for easter. Directed by Jeremy Wong.

1:00PM - 5:00PM

Artists in focus: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Selected works from the collection will be on show in the exhibition gallery during the closure of the house extension. The first of these displays will look at the work of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

2:00PM - 4:00PM

People’s portraits exhibition

The People’s Portraits exhibition captures on canvas ordinary people from different walks of lives in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 21st Century, and is rich in its diversity of subjects and styles.