Earl hopes to grow festival

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Earl Spencer said he would like to build the annual Althorp Literary Festival into an eight-day event, including a music concert, and wants to encourage more young people to attend.

Speaking ahead of the 11th literary festival, being held from June 12-14, the Earl said ticket sales were faster than ever this year, with some talks by the likes of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Paxman already sold out.

The Earl said he wanted to maintain the event’s intimate’ ethos, but had plans to gradually increase the number of days it was held on.

He said: “We are hoping to sell possibly 8,000 tickets this year and the event is growing.

“But we don’t want to become as big as the Hay on Wye Literary Festival, we want to keep the intimacy. We pride ourselves on making sure the authors and the guests are all well looked after. We’ve always had the ethos of treating everyone with respect.”

“There is nothing quite like this in Northamptonshire. Some people have said to me they never thought they would see an event like this in the county.”

Visit www.althorp.com for more details on the authors coming to the festival and book tickets.