Education & Charity

Education Initiative

We are proud to support the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham through our education initiative.  Each day, we will welcome a group of students from the Academy to the festival, where they will attend the sessions, enjoy the festival and all it has to offer, and meet selected speakers.

‘History and education go hand-in-hand and nothing is more important than involving the next generation of historians and writers in the literary festival. We are therefore delighted to work with the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham and look forward to welcoming their students to the festival in September and to continuing the collaboration in the years to come.’

Natalie Livingstone
Chairman, Cliveden Literary Festival

‘Our students at LAE Tottenham are academically motivated and ambitious and the opportunity to visit the Cliveden Literary Festival will expose them to a rich world of culture to which they have not previously had access. It will broaden their academic horizons significantly and the exposure provided to such a wide range of incredible speakers in an historic location will help them to develop their intellectual curiosity beyond measure.’

Jan Balon
Headteacher, London Academy of Excellence Tottenham

Having the experience of attending the Cliveden Literary Festival was both unique and fascinating. It opened my eyes to the debates surrounding different areas of history and literature, whilst also allowing me to explore the grounds of Cliveden House and the rich history of the establishment. Engaging in talks with some of most well-renowned historians and writers in the world was an experience like no other, and enabled me to view history and literature in more depth from their perspectives.


Cliveden was a great experience - one I won't forget. It allowed me to gain insight into how history and literature exist outside of a school environment, but also how they link with my History, English and Psychology courses. 'The pity of war' debate gave further context to my study of the great war in history and the 'How to stay married' talk directly linked to our study of relationships in psychology. However, for me the best talk by far was 'The secret history of global power'. This talk tied together my three areas of interest - Politics, History and Economics. The discussion about the impact of social media and secret societies was fascinating and inspired me to buy Niall Ferguson’s 'The Square and the Tower'. Overall this was one of the best experiences of my life and will broaden my horizons and give me a new perspective. Even being in the building and a location with so much history was truly amazing.


The Cliveden Literary festival is a hub for the academically curious and has an incredible line up of experts in their field. The topics of their talks and debates were challenging and required thought, making me question my own point of view whilst also deepen my knowledge. A fantastic experience.


The Cliveden Literary Festival sparked in me a further interest in historical and political events. In particular the talk on 'The pity of war: a century on, was the Great War justified?' was extremely insightful as it offered the different views on each side and highlighted the effects of the war on the international economy and foreign relations. Also, I was surprised when Niall Ferguson highlighted that the war is not celebrated in many places such as the USA in the same way as the UK. Another talk which was extremely engaging was 'The secret history of global power' as it made direct links between economic and political change, for example arguing that the current economic situation directly links to the Brexit vote and the Trump presidency. Overall, the festival was very intellectually stimulating because of the depth of the discussions and the great range of academics and writers. This has developed in me a deeper interest in historical literature.


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Charity Partnership

A love of literature is at the heart of Cliveden’s past and present, and this year we are supporting the charity Book Aid International, who work to bring books to impoverished communities across the world.  Learn more about their work by visiting them in the Festival Food Tent and find out how you can get involved.

For more information about Book Aid International, please visit

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