The Earls Barton Literary Festival was back for a third consecutive year!  As a  ‘festival within the village festival’  it was a roaring success despite the ‘damp’ start on Saturday.  

After hasty discussions we moved the Ukes of Earl to the inside of the library so that they and the audience could escape the downpour. The music was great and got us off to a fine start with the audience tapping their feet, singing and clapping along and even a bit of dancing went on at the back of the room!

 We were delighted to welcome back some old friends and some new ones.  Bernie Keith (with his dog – very well behaved) and Andrew Radd opened the fesitival following the amazing performance from Earl Barton’s Ukes of Earl.   This year we introduced the audience to new authors including our own Gretta Mulrooney. 

As we realised not all interesting ‘tales’ have been committed to pages within books we decided to include a series of talks showcasing interesting lives in and around Northamptonshire  and these proved extremely popular.   

We were very pleased to welcome Tricia Stewart who shared her unique story of the alternative WI calendar.  Tricia’s talk had the audience laughing throughout and we were thrilled that she made the long journey to and from Yorkshire for us. 

New for this year,  our writing workshops allowed participants to explore different aspects of writing and who knows, maybe in a few years some of them might appear as published authors!

Jane Isaac, Sue Moorcroft, Darren O’Sullivan, Louise Jensen all feature in a blog by Julia.  Julia is a proof reader whose has connections with the village. If you missed these fabulous authors please click here to read her blog

Back, by popular demand,  Mark Carey stepped ‘once more into the breach’ to round of an amazing Saturday with James Hornsby bringing our festival to a memorable close with his version of Oliver Twist.  All were pleased to see them return to Earls Barton.  Wouldn’t it be great if they did a double act (specially for us!)? 

There were so many excellent performances that we cannot mention them all here.  However,  we will endeavour to put up the photos and feedback on the website.  Those of you who came will be able to share in the fabulous memories and those who didn’t – may be we will see you next year!

There is no doubt that the support of our sponsors enabled us to produce a literary festival to be proud of and more importantly to raise much needed funds for the Earls Barton library project.   Our thanks go to

Howes Percival Solicitors 
Business Times
Home Instead

We are also pleased to acknowledge the support of the Wellingborough Council and Northampton Community Foundation for their generous funding.