The Althorp Literary Festival

The Althorp Literary Festival


Thank you to everyone that came to the 12th Althorp Literary Festival, making it our biggest and most successful Festival, to date.


For those of you already looking forward to next year we are happy to confirm that the 13th Althorp Literary Festival will be taking place on Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th June, 2016.


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We look forward to seeing you there!



Just a handful of the lovely comments we received following this year's Althorp Literary Festival;


Sophie Dahl – “Thank you for having me @AlthorpLitFest, you were lovely. What a wonderful way to celebrate books.”

Bryony Gordon – “Thank you @cspencerbooks for a wonderful day and evening @AlthorpLitFest. Simply magical!”

Louise Mensch – “Great fun being interviewed by @cspencerbooks on #CareerGame. Heard amazing speeches by Byrony Gordon [and] Alan Johnson @AlthorpLitFest”

Darcey Bussell – “Absolutely beautiful day @AlthorpLitFest... Pleasure being interviewed by Lord Charles Spencer today.”

Paul Blezard – “Many congratulations to all involved with and thanks to all who came to the superb events of the 5 star festival that is @AlthorpLitFest”

Rachel Johnson – “@AlthorpLitFest is simply beyond beyond beyond. Not so much a lit fest as a superior Downton with authors as well Fellowes himself”

Harper’s Bazaar uk - “A sparkling line-up to make it a Festival like no other.”

Cindy Adams in The New York Post - “M’Lord Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, hosting global 18 hour days speaking, sponsoring, interviewing, dining, talking up his Althorp Literary Festival.”

The London Evening Standard - “Althorp in Northamptonshire, home to Earl Spencer and the site of one of the loveliest Literary Festivals.”

Gyles Brandreth - “Your (Althorp) Literary Festival is the real deal – dazzlingly cast – brilliantly organised – and a treat to be part of it. Congratulations!”

Clare Balding - “You promised that I would enjoy the Althorp Literary Festival and you were spot on. It felt relaxed but efficient, friendly yet clearly very popular.”

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan - “Huge fun, terrific company and wonderful hospitality. Definitely our favourite Lit Fest.”

Sir Tom Stoppard - “Althorp’s success is thoroughly deserved: superbly run by a delightful team in such a beautiful setting.”

Rachel Johnson - "I tell everyone I meet that Althorp is my favouritest lit fest in the whole world ... A joy, a hoot, a pleasure and privilege, from start to finish."

Alan Titchmarsh - "A delightful time... Such a memorable experience".

Andrew Roberts - "It really is impressive what you've achieved with the Festival, especially this year with its large increase in numbers:  congratulations."

Lady Antonia Fraser - "I can't remember when I had a better time!"

A Comment from a member of public  - "We went to a variety of different speakers and all of such high calibre. Our only concern is whether a 2016 Althorp Literary Festival can possibly line up to such a successful three days."

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