Althorp hosts festival celebrating literature

JOURNALISTS Fiona Phillips and Peter Snow and actress Arabella Weir are just three of the familiar names forming part of a festival of literature in the district.

They will be joined by TV doctor Hilary Jones, Dragon’s Den presenter Evan Davies and historian David Starkey at the Althorp Literary Festival which comes to the famous house later this month.

The event starts on Friday, June 10, from 10.30am to 11.30am with Evan Davies discussing his book Made in Britian, which looks at all aspects of the economy.

Fast Show star Arabella Weir will talk about her new novel, The Real Me is Thin, a frank account of her relationship with food. This takes place from noon to 1pm.

Also at this time, for those more interested in the history of Althorp itself, Earl Spencer will offer a unique insight into what has been the family home for 500 years.

Saturday, June 11, sees comedian David Baddiel arrive at Althorp to promote his new thriller tale entitled The Death of Eli Gold from 2pm to 3pm.

Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips will share details with an audience about her book Before I Forget, a heartbreaking autobiography about her time on breakfast TV and the death of both her parents from Alzheimer’s. She will be talking from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Also speaking on Saturday is Peter Snow about his work To War with Wellington, from 5pm to 6pm.

Dr Hilary Jones will talk about his novel What’s Up Doc on Sunday, June 12, from noon to 1pm. Historian Starkey will be discussing marriage and the monarchy between 2pm and 3pm and supermodel Twiggy will be at Althorp to discuss her book A Life in Photographs. Other authors will speak across the three days. For more information and tickets call 01604 770107 or visit www.althorp.com.