Literary Festival

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


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

“You have restored my faith in literary festivals…The audience was particularly engaging. I don’t think I have had such a spectacular reaction.” - Daisy Goodwin


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:

  • Sir Timothy Ackroyd;
  • Antony Beevor;
  • Gyles Brandreth;
  • Darcey Bussell;
  • Helen Castor; 
  • The Rev. Richard Coles;
  • Bernard Cornwell;
  • Julian Fellowes;
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes;
  • Lady Antonia Fraser;
  • Bryony Gordon;
  • Nicky Henderson;
  • Bettany Hughes;
  • Rachel and Stanley Johnson;
  • Dan Jones;
  • Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan;
  • Louise Mensch;
  • Jeremy Musson;
  • Andrew Peters - "The Very Tall Poet";
  • General Sir David Richards;
  • Andrew Roberts;
  • Hannah Rothschild;
  • William Sitwell;
  • Charles Spencer;
  • Pam St Clement;
  • Sir Tom Stoppard;
  • Alan Titchmarsh;
  • Lady Jane Wellesley.

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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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