#ClivedenLitFest: Celebrating literature in a house of intriguing stories

Cliveden Literary Festival: 14 – 15 October 2017

With its exquisite gardens and sumptuous rooms, Cliveden, a 17th-century stately home in Buckinghamshire, is a magnificent location to indulge in the love of literature, especially as it has a story of its very own. The estate has been home to dukes and earls and, once, a prince. Its halls have held legendary parties. It was the original celebrity hangout, attracting renowned literary figures including George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling and JM Barrie. The walls have housed mystery, intrigue and scandal. After all, Cliveden House was famously associated with the Profumo Affair.

The current chatelaine, Natalie Livingstone – author of ‘The Mistresses of Cliveden’ which The Telegraph called ‘deliciously enjoyable’ – has embraced Cliveden House’s notoriety, taking it back to its roots for its inaugural literary festival this year.

The Cliveden Literary Festival will be held this weekend – 14 to 15 October – with an eclectic programme covering politics, history, women, literature and art. Among the respected speakers at the event will be Hannah Rothschild, Ian McEwan, Lady Antonia Fraser, Sebastian Faulks and many more.


Cliveden Literary Festival is an event not to be missed. You can find out more and book here. Tickets cost £95 for Saturday; £85 for Sunday and £170 for the whole weekend. Children and students will receive a 50% discount.

Look out for a host of intriguing articles from the event on Literary Lightbox next week.

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    By: Loretta Milan

    Loretta Milan is the founder of Literary Lightbox. She works as a professional writer and also has a novel in construction. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy and Curtis Brown Creative’s three-month novel writing programme. Her writing is fuelled by too much tea.

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