Range of new authors to appear at 13th Althorp Literary Festival

The 13th Althorp Literary Festival will be held from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3

The 13th Althorp Literary Festival will be held from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3

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The 13th Althorp Literary Festival will feature more new authors than ever before, Earl Spencer has announced.

This year’s event takes place from Thursday June, 30 to Sunday July 3, 2016 at Althorp House.

This year’s line-up includes: Britain’s bestselling non-fiction author, Bill Bryson, screenwriter Andrew Davies, actor Brian Blessed; racehorse trainer Henrietta Knight, Today broadcaster James Naughtie; journalist, presenter and Labour peer Joan Bakewell, television personality and heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman, former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King, comedian and columnist Sara Pascoe and investigative journalist and biographer Tom Bower.

Earl Spencer said: “I took as the theme of this year’s Althorp line-up ‘originality’ – only one of the speakers has been to any of my previous literary festivals – and that’s Bill Bryson.

“I have resisted the temptation to stick with past successes, and have gone for freshness and diversity. It’s a lip-smacking line-up.”

There are at least nine talks taking place on each of the four days with something to suit all interests. Complimentary fringe events include live music, poetry and performance art. There will also be pop-up shops, a variety of food and drink choices, and a spa service.

For tickets or more information go to www.spencerofalthorp.com