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Literary Festival 2017

The 14th annual Althorp Literary Festival took place from Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th October, 2017

Our full 2017 programme can be viewed here.

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In Partnership with
The Week

Described as a Literary Festival like no other, the Althorp Literary Festival is a unique celebration of the written word.

Thursday 5th October – Sunday 8th October 2017

A unique celebration of the written word, the Althorp Literary Festival takes place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful private, historic houses.

Indeed it is hard to think of a more perfect or authentic venue – for literature is central to the story of Althorp.

George John, the 2nd Earl Spencer, amassed one of the greatest private libraries in Europe. By the time of his death in 1834, 43,000 volumes of the rarest, first editions sprawled through Althorp’s ground floor rooms. Today, Althorp’s strong connection with literature remains very much alive for the current Earl, Charles Spencer, is a best-selling historian.

In its first thirteen years, the Festival has been privileged to host over 300 novelists, historians, comedians, actors, politicians sportsmen and television personalities including Bill Bryson, Boris Johnson, Helen Fielding, Darcey Bussell, Sir Tom Stoppard, Twiggy, Sebastian Faulks, Jung Chang and Michael Palin.

Building on the success of Festivals past, the 2017 Althorp Literary Festival in partnership with The Week, was equally as varied and thought-provoking, and we were delighted to welcome our authors and visitors alike. To view the 2017 programme, please click here 

What People Say

“The chance to meet fellow writers in such fine surroundings and in such an unrushed way was particularly special.”
Michael Palin

“Many congratulations on the Althorp Literary Festival – leaving your rivals in the shade.”
Boris Johnson

“Thank you for inviting us to partner with the Althorp Literary Festival – what a fantastic event it is! The whole experience was so smooth and enjoyable. We are all very pleased with the results”
Festival Partner

“Althorp in Northamptonshire, home to the Earl Spencer and the site of one of the loveliest Literary Festivals”
London Evening Standard


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