Althorp Literary Festival

Saturday 7  October 2017

Our annual Oxford University Three Shires trip to the Althorp Literary Festival.

The Festival is moving to October this year.

Our two sessions this year will both be before lunch ( 10.30 then 12).  The tickets before any discount are £30 for the double session.  We hope as usual to be able to offer a discount from this and are awaiting details from Althorp.

As usual, we benefit from Hewitsons’ sponsorship and will be able to have lunch under the cover of the Portico and there will also be a hot drink reception – timing is awaited and we hope it won’t clash with our sessions.  Lunch is from the café, or franchises or bring your own picnic.

The chosen authors are A. N. Wilson (on Darwin) and Ben MacIntrye ( about the heroes of the SAS).

Members wishing to attend this event please email Carolyn   

A. N. Wilson

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, A. N. Wilson holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist.

In his latest, applauded piece of work, Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker, A. N. Wilson goes in search of the celebrated but contradictory figure Charles Darwin. Was he the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers?

Ben MacInytre

British author, historian, reviewer and columnist for The Times, bestselling author Ben Macintyre has written several books including A Spy Among Friends, Operation Mincemeat and Agent Zigzag. Ben’s latest book, SAS: Rogue Heroes is the first ever authorised history of the SAS, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Regiment, the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world. The history of the SAS is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to take monumental risks.

The Festival

General information about the Althorp Literary Festival is on their website here.  If any Alumni are planning to attend independently you are welcome to join us at lunchtime.