The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival is the first major event of Britain’s Autumn literary season and will take place between the 25th – 28th September. Set within the magnificent grounds of a World Heritage Site this will be a unique opportunity to enjoy an unrivalled literature offering within a fantastic setting.

This year the Festival is looking forward once more to welcoming the leading writers and public figures from the fields of politics, history, food and drink, architecture and design, music, literature and society.

Speakers confirmed for the 2014 festival include scientist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins, who will talk about his memories of life set to a special ‘playlist’ of music performed by The Orchestra of St John. He will be taking extracts from his autobiography ‘An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist’. 

Additionally internationally recognised opera singer, Ms Jessye Norman will speak at the festival in relation to her forthcoming book ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing’. Norman has sung at the inaugurations of Presidents Reagan and Clinton, at the Queen’s 60th birthday party and at the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution in the Place de la Concorde.

Sir Roy Strong will also be in attendance talking about his book ‘Remaking a Garden- The Laskett Transformed’ as well as Hugo Vickers, Biographer and Historian, who will be giving a fascinating insight into his book ‘Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles’.