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News: 2018 Althorp Literary Festival Line-Up is Released

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Tickets are now on sale for the 15th Annual Althorp Literary Festival, held at Princess Diana’s family home, Althorp Estate.

From 5-7 October, the Althorp Literary Festival will host over 30 bestselling authors, writers, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders on a mission to spark debate, laughter and enthusiasm.

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See chef, writer and The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith; historians Dan Snow, Dan Jones and Helen Rappaport; author of Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell; Professor of Global History at Oxford University Peter Frankopan; politicians and authors Paddy Ashdown and Alan Johnson; eroticism and erotic literature writer Rowan Pelling; plus acclaimed mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.

Highlights include the highs and lows of writing historical hits from TV writer Julian Fellowes; an event with The Week founders David Weeks and Jon Connell, hosting a debate with a panel of authors; singer-songwriter Julia Gray discussing her new thriller, Little Liar, alongside an acoustic performance; and award-winning author Miranda Seymour exploring the experience of being wife or daughter to Lord Byron. The Festival also includes the chance to see acclaimed artist and Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christian Hook’s newest exhibit, proudly displayed for the very first time.

The Festival plays host to pop-up retail outlets, live performances, and a variety of food and drink vendors offering fine wines, champagne, curated gin, coffee and delicious street food. Visitors can enjoy falconry displays, live poetry readings and more amidst the scenery of Althorp’s quintessentially English house and gardens.

A new exhibition is also available to view: The Spencers: The History of an English Family, charting the story of the Spencer family from Medieval sheep-farmers, through the dynasty of politicians and strong female figures, to the present day. The vast majority of the items on show here are not usually on public view – from treasures to intimate family pieces.

Tickets from £12.50 to £20. Visit to buy tickets and for the full line-up.

When & Where: 5-7 October 2018; Althorp Estate Northampton NN7 4HQ