Cliveden to host litfest

News - Festivals Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Distinguished lineup at house where John Profumo and Christine Keeler disported

Cliveden, the Berkshire country house known for its association with the Profumo scandal, is to host a literary festival on 14 and 15 October. The festival will focus on politics and history, and will feature authors including Lady Antonia Fraser, Simon Sebag Montifiore, Bettany Hughes, Sebastian Faulks, Robert Harris, Ian McEwan, Howard Jacobson, Michael Gove, Kwasi Kwarteng, Frances Osborne, Anne Applebaum, Tina Brown, Sir Harry Evans and Simon Schama.

The president of the festival is Andrew Roberts, who announced the event at a reception in London last night (15 May). The chair is Natalie Livingstone, who said: "While researching my book The Mistresses of Cliveden, I discovered that Cliveden has always been a magnet for truly great writers from Jonathan Swift to Tennyson, JM Barrie to HG Wells and George Bernard Shaw to Rudyard Kipling. The Cliveden literary festival will revive this tradition by gathering an impressive array of authors of today in a place that resonates with history and literature."

Supporters of the festival include the National Trust, which owns Cliveden, as well as Champagne Taittinger, Citi Private Bank, Iconic Luxury Hotels and John Sandoe Books.

Photo from left: Andrew Roberts, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Catherine Ostler and Natalie Livingstone at the launch reception.

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