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Nicholas Parsons and Gyles Brandreth join for festival event

Gyles BrandrethEntertainers Nicholas Parsons and Gyles Brandreth, pictured right, join forces for a chat about their lives in television and radio for what is expected to be one of the highlights of the 2018 festival.

Parsons and Brandreth often appear together on Radio 4’s Just a Minute and are among the most in-demand speakers in the country.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include An Afternoon with Jane Austen featuring dramatic readings from the author’s works by well-known actors Caroline Langrishe and Adrian Lukis and period music performed by harpist Camilla Pay and soprano Rosie Lomas.

Esi EdugyanNovelist Esi Edugyan, pictured left, talks about her 2018 Booker-longlisted work Washington Black, journalist Peter Conradi introduces The King’s War, the sequel to The King’s Speech, and descendant of the Bloomsbury Group Stracheys Nino Strachey looks at what the homes of Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West and Eddy Sackville-West tell us about the changing social and moral attitudes of the time.

The Black Farmer, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, talks about daring to be successful, while leading wine writer Jonathan Ray reveals the world’s 100 greatest sparkling wines.

This year’s festival also hosts a prestigious black tie dinner given by the Lord’s Taverners and Lady Taverners.

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