The 14th annual Althorp Literary Festival will take place on
Described as a Literary Festival like no other, Althorp’s Literary Festival is now entering its 14th year. A unique celebration of the written word, the 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.
Confirmed already for 2017, we have; Clare Balding, The Revd. Richard Coles, Kathy Lette, Dan Jones, Paula Byrne, Sian Williams and Sir Jonathan Bate, amongst others.
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