In common with many events in the UK, the 4th Earls Barton Literary Festival, which was to have taken place on the 13th and 14th June 2020, had to be cancelled.

However, we are delighted to be able to announce that most of the speakers and performers who were to appear this year have agreed to keep the same week-end date in 2021 free.

Keep that week-end free, you will not want to miss the festival: 12th and 13th June 2021!

Lots of new ideas and few returning favourites will await you. Our ‘Crime in the Conservatory’ feature was extremely popular in 2019 and is being reprised, courtesy of Jeyes of Earls Barton, one of our main sponsors for the festival. An added feature will be the recording of a ‘Partners in Crime’ Podcast by Adam Croft and Robert Dawes (you remember him from his many television appearance), during a live session at the festival.

Our own village Ukulele group, ‘Ukes of Earl’ will again be entertaining visitors at the start of the festival – featuring several members of the library’s volunteer community. We are particularly pleased to have them back as they were a great hit last time.

Another returning element of the festival will be our ever popular writing workshops run as always by Mike Richards.

Due the popularity of the Northamptonshire Lives last year (featuring speakers who have not yet written a book), we are again going to mix it up with some unusual sessions. These include Food and Drink (who doesn’t love chocolate, wine, and cheese – not necessarily all together!); a day in the life of the British Library, and Transport of various sorts.

If this doesn’t whet your appetite we are sure you will love the talks by the variety of authors we have lined up.

Each day will again be rounded off by some stunning performances in All Saints Church. Saturday evening’s entertainment will be a play of Willy Russell’s: Blood Brothers. Many will have seen the musical version, but this is something a little different. On the Sunday evening we are delighted to welcome Neil Richardson’s Theatreworkz who will give us a fantastic musical evening featuring lots of local young artists.