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AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT…

Darcey Bussell, Blenheim Literary and Film Festival , Oxford

JEREMY SMITH IS EDITOR-AT-LARGE FOR OXFORDSHIRE’S LEADING MONTHLY MAGAZINE, ‘OX’, AND THE OFFICIAL BLOGGER FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

*******AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT:  So… Thursday, October 13 at approximately 11.42am and despite the fine spit (you know, the ‘sticky’ type), the gun-grey metal clouds, the gnawing Autumnal chill and the fact I’m here a few hours ahead of the Festival’s first guest - the always Audrey Hepburn chic Darcey Bussell - there’s definitely a buzz.
And frankly, rightly so. After all, what a perfect location for a festival of film and literature, and while I pray someone doesn’t have the bad grace to ask Ms Bussell about Will Young’s unexpected departure from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, I’m also praying they do…

Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen 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 Schools and colleges programme 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 Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms 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 HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen 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 Schools and colleges programme 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 Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock