Education Partner – The London Academy of Excellence Tottenham

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

“I cannot overstate the impact that the Cliveden Literary Festival has on the LAE Tottenham students who are lucky enough to attend. Whilst their studies can provide them the opportunity to develop academic skills in the classroom, Cliveden truly broadens their horizons. The inspirational speakers combined with the awe- inspiring venue inspire genuine passion which will have a lifelong impact on our young people.”

“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 collaborate with the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham and look forward to continuing the collaboration in the years to come.’

Jan Balon
Head Teacher

Natalie Livingstone
Festival Chairman

“The opportunity to experience Cliveden was so culturally enriching. The grounds were absolutely breathtaking. One of the most amazing experiences was being able to speak to a Historian (David Reynolds) just two days after having studied his work in the classroom. Opportunities such as this make learning real for me”.

Muna Hussein, Year 13

“The talks were genuinely fascinating – discussing the influence of the Kremlin made me think long and hard about Britain’s place in the world, opening up perspectives to me which I had never previously considered. A huge thank you for having us.

Omer Unal, Year 13

“The panels and the variety of talks were wonderfully diverse, discussing relevant topics and issues that even a 16 year old student could confidently relate to and be entertained by. The festival gave me a broader appreciation of literature and authors which I hadn’t previously been exposed to.”

Dorea Nengese, Year 13

“Going to the festival was a fantastic experience. I got to listen to talks from various authors and public figures about their works, and we got a totally unique insight into why they write and their experiences”

Lauren Scotland, Year 13

For more information about the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, please visit the school website

Charity Partnership

A love of literature is at the heart of Cliveden’s past and present, and this year we are supporting the UK’s leading international book donation and library support charity, Book Aid International.

Book Aid International works for a world where no one is without books, and every year they provide around one million brand new, carefully selected books to thousands of schools, libraries, refugee camps, hospitals and prisons around the world. In an average year, over 24 million people have access to those books.  

The books the charity provides are often life-changing – particularly for those facing hardships like war, displacement and discrimination. One refugee, Yvonne, used books provided by the charity to turn her life around:

“From my childhood I have seen people succeeding through education – and you get education through books. So, for me, my dream is to go out of the camp and become someone who has an identity in a country – so I can no longer be called a refugee. I am going to achieve this through books. I applied for a scholarship and I got it! I would like to become an engineer because I am in love with the sciences. Also I am considering medicine. If I did not have books, I do not think that I would be as I am today.”

You can help Book Aid International send the next book. Visit them in the festival tent to speak to them about getting involved or visit You can also follow the charity onTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

LAMDA is a world-class drama school and educational charity. With over 150 years’ experience delivering exceptional vocational training to actors, stage managers, technicians and directors, shaping the future of the dramatic arts in the UK and beyond. 

Just a few of LAMDA alumni gracing the stages and screens of the world include Brian Cox (Succession, RSC) , Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr Strange, The Power of the Dog) , Ruth Wilson (The Affair, His Dark Materials), Dame Harriet Walter (Succession, The Crown), Leah Harvey (Foundation, Small Island), Rosalind Eleazar (The Personal History of David Copperfield, Uncle Vanya), Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things, Catherine the Great), David Oyelowo (Selma, Les Miserables).

LAMDA is committed to widening access and participation in the arts, delivering targeted workshops and activities across London and the UK through our Pathways Programme and by offering audition fee waivers, travel bursaries for those from underrepresented and low socio-economic backgrounds, an extensive scholarship programme, and a dedicated Hardship Fund. 

Brian Cox, starring at the festival and a LAMDA alumnus said:

As a former student of LAMDA almost a ‘thousand years ago’
I owe LAMDA so much.
As an actor and a man.
It taught me to…..think,
For which I’m eternally grateful.