THAME: Royal conections for town’s literary fair

Lord Charles Spencer
Lord Charles Spencer

Princess Diana’s brother Lord Charles Spencer opens this year’s Thame Arts and Literature Festival with an evening talk at the Players Theatre.

Lord Spencer – also a journalist and historian – has recently written a book called Killers of the King.

He will be delivering a historical perspective of what happened to those who dared to sign Charles I’s death warrant, and will be speaking at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 15.

The five day festival, now in its fifth year, takes place from October 15 to 19 in various locations around the town.

BBC Radio 4 will broadcast Any Questions live from the festival with presenter Jonathan Dimbleby.

New for this year is a festival film club on Saturday morning which includes a sing-along version of children’s Disney film Frozen.

Across the weekend some 30 eclectic and fascinating events will include talks, music, film, poetry, workshops and photography on subjects as diverse as the First World War, cooking, gardens, spies, servants, antiques and dectective stories.

Highlights on Saturday include a guided walk of Midsomer Murder country starting from the museum at 11am; and a talk by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo at the leisure centre at 2pm.

The full programme of events can be seen at, where tickets can also be bought online.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 0871 288 3420 or by popping into Thame town hall.