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Festival opens with best-ever line-up

Speakers include Maureen Lipman, Nicholas Parsons and Ken Hom

Maureen LipmanThe Blenheim Palace Literary Festival opens tomorrow with the best line-up of speakers and authors in its history.

Some events have already sold out, including Boris Johnson, Alice Roberts and Julian Fellowes.

However, tickets still remain for some of the festival’s star attractions including actress and writer Maureen Lipman, pictured right, historians Diarmaid MacCulloch and Karen Armstrong, historian and novelist Kate Williams, former Cabinet Minister Liam Fox,  chef and cookery writer Ken Hom, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, and comedian and radio and TV presenter Nicholas Parsons.

Music features strongly this year with appearances by the great US opera singer Jessye Norman and by the lead singer of progressive rock band Marillion Steve Hogarth.

All these events and more can be booked online through this website up to an hour before they start. A walk-up box office will be available in the corridor outside the Orangery and Marlborough Room at Blenheim Palace during the festival.

Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock

Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film & Music 2018 partners & sponsors

Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock