Literary Festival

The 12th Althorp Literary Festival: Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th June 2015.

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

“Your festival is a real joy in the literary calendar.” - Miranda Seymour

Literature is synonymous with Althorp – part of its history. George John, the Second Earl Spencer, amassed one of the greatest private libraries of its time, amounting to over 43,000 volumes of priceless first editions, sprawling through the house’s grandest rooms.

Enjoy a wonderful summer’s day at the Althorp Literary Festival – or, of course, join us for all three – and be inspired by stellar authors in the setting of one of England’s most beautiful, private, stately homes.

Authors already confirmed for 2015 include:

  • Helen Castor; 
  • Richard Coles;
  • Bettany Hughes;
  • Julian Fellowes;
  • Lady Antonia Fraser;
  • Bryony Gordon
  • Rachel and Stanley Johnson;
  • Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan;
  • John Micklethwait;
  • General Lord (David) Richards;
  • Andrew Roberts;
  • William Sitwell;
  • Charles Spencer.

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"We came away totaly stimulated, especially in the context of such a beautiful house and grounds." (Althorp Literary Festivalgoer)



Althorp is easily accessible by car or by train from London, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

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