Chatsworth to stage new literary festival

bigstock-A-View-Of-Chatsworth-House-Gr-35330288A major new literary festival ‘The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud‘, is being staged at Chatsworth House in September. from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September.

The three-day event, from September 18-20, is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for the arts and will feature a stellar line up of more than 20 speakers drawn from the literary world, art, tv, museums and journalism.

Speakers include Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry CBE; author and filmmaker Hannah Rothschild; BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz; and the Duke of Devonshire who will be talking about the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections.

The Duke of Devonshire said: “Over the past few years Chatsworth has developed a fantastic programme of arts-related exhibitions and events, which has been very well received.

“We are delighted that the Chatsworth Festival will be joining this programme in 2015, giving our visitors the opportunity to hear some of the world’s best authors, journalists and artists share their thoughts and experiences.”

Chatsworth has a long association with the literary world. The Duke of Devonshire owns the antiquarian bookshop ‘Heywood Hill’ in Mayfair where his aunt Nancy Mitford, author of ‘Love in a Cold Climate’, worked during WWII, while his mother Deborah Cavendish was a successful published author of more than a dozen books including ‘Wait for Me’ and ‘Tearing Haste’.

‘Art Out Loud’ is the latest addition to a burgeoning arts scene at Chatsworth and the event will run alongside the 10th anniversary of the ‘Beyond Limits’ monumental sculpture exhibition in the garden starting in September.

The ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ exhibition of contemporary seating opened in the house on March 28 and will run until October 23 and the ‘Grand Tour’ programme of exhibitions and events taking place in conjunction with Nottingham Contemporary, the Harley Gallery and  Derby Museums is planned for the summer.

A full programme of speakers and talks for the Chatsworth Festival will be announced in June and tickets go on sale on June 9. For more details go to