Famous faces for festival

Jenny Eclair who is appearing at Holt Festival this summer

Jenny Eclair who is appearing at Holt Festival this summer - Credit: Archant

Pop, poetry, chat, comedy and mind magic are set to combine in this year's Holt Festival.

Colin Cloud

Colin Cloud - Credit: submitted

The award winning festival, which runs from July 23-31, has announced its first highlights, giving a taste of the full festival programme that will be revealed in May.

Household names making an appearance at this year's festival include comedian and grumpy old woman Jenny Éclair with her show and actress Julie Christie, who will be reading poetry.

Familiar television face, radio voice and former MP, Gyles Brandreth will also be exploring the world of words with his smash hit Edinburgh show Word Power!,

Musical entertainment includes a headline show from Dire Straits co-founder John Illsey and his band, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Merseybeat stalwarts The Searchers.

There will be music from the electric string quartet Stringfever and multi-award-winning Polish piano virtuoso Mariola Cieniawa.

Forensic mind reader Colin Cloud will also be mixing mind magic and brain science in his stage show.

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Literary speakers include renowned chronicler of the lives of great men and women, Lady Antonia Fraser DBE, discussing her memoir of her own early life - My History.

Author Joanna Trollope will be discussing her modern day reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility with the festival's artistic director Charles Pugh.

Mr Pugh said: 'My first festival last year was well received with lots of sell out shows, but I think these early highlights demonstrate that Holt Festival continues to astonish and evolve, and of course stimulate and entertain.'

Tickets for the early shows go on general sale on March 7. For full details of the festival visit www.holtfestival.org or the box office number Box office: 01603 598699.

Entry details for the Holt Festival Art Prize will be announced soon.

The festival is partnered by the Eastern Daily Press, North Norfolk News, Mustard TV and Future Radio and supported by Gresham's School.

Do you know of a festival event taking place in north Norfolk? Email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk

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