The Althorp Literary Festival

The 14th annual Althorp Literary Festival will take place on

  Thursday 5th October – Sunday 8th October, 2017.

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.

In 2017 we are delighted to be welcoming some truly fantastic authors and speakers, including; Pam Ayres, Clare Balding, Johnny Ball, Sir Jonathan Bate, Paula Byrne, Jamie Blackett, Jess Butterworth, John Challis, the Rev. Richard Coles, Evan Davis, Ken Hom, Jeremy Howick, Stanley Johnson, Dan Jones, Lord Digby Jones, Kathy Lette, Ben Macintyre, Judy Murray,  Jo Malone, Joanna Moorhead, Juliet Nicolson,  David Owen, Allison Pataki, Michael Pennington, James Runcie, Chris Ryan, Charles Spencer, Simon Thurley, Mich Turner, Kate Williams, Sian Williams and A.N.Wilson, amongst others.

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COUNTDOWN TO THE 14TH ALTHORP LITERARY FESTIVAL