Go-Between actress Julie Christie returns to Norfolk to take part in Holt Festival

Julie Christie in The Go-Between

Julie Christie in The Go-Between - Credit: Archant

Actress Julie Christie is returning to Norfolk, location of one of her most famous films, to take part in this month's Holt Festival.

Filming scenes for the Go Between at Tombland Norwich - Julie Christie pic taken 6th sept 1970 c1

Filming scenes for the Go Between at Tombland Norwich - Julie Christie pic taken 6th sept 1970 c12566

Ms Christie is a surprise late addition to the festival programme and will be taking part in an afternoon of 'Poems that make grown men cry' - a collection by father and son Anthony and Ben Holden - together with Sir John Hurt, and John Harrison.

She is accompanying her husband, former Guardian crime correspondent and author Duncan Campbell, who is giving a talk at the festival on July 21 titled: Why is crime so glamorous?

Ms Christie played the leading female role in the 1971 film The Go-Between, starring opposite Alan Bates.

The film, a love story set in 1900, was shot in various Norfolk locations including Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Station, and Tombland, in Norwich; as well as Melton Constable Hall, Heydon, near Aylsham; and Thornage, near Holt.

Julie Christie pictured in 2008.

Julie Christie pictured in 2008. - Credit: PA

The poetry afternoon takes place at The Lawns Hotel, Holt, on July 22, from 4pm-5pm.

Sir John, who lives near Cromer, is expected to take part in the event, despite his recent announcement that he has pancreatic cancer. Ms Christie, who has known Sir John for many years, told festival artistic director Charles Pugh that she was not surprised he was going ahead with the commitment, saying: 'He always was a trooper.'

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The festival, from July 19-26, is now in its seventh year.

Tickets for two of this year's events - an hour with former M15 chief Dame Stella Rimington, and a concert starring Brit Award-winning harmony trio BLAKE - have already sold out.

And there are not many seats left for those hoping to hear punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, or Hello Mr Gershwin!

Other offerings during the week include Spanish flamenco and classical guitar, cabaret, theatre, folk music, fringe events, and Michael Buerk and Ernie Rea discussing From Jehovah to Jihadi John.

Holly Lerski will perform her acoustic folk-tinged music on July 20, 9pm, at The Lawns Hotel. Her latest album, The Wooden House - after the shed that houses her Norwich studio where the album was recorded - has been described by the Daily Telegraph as one of the top folk albums of the year so far.

Ms Lerski sung, strummed, drummed and recorded almost every note on it herself taking in everything from banjo, ukulele and tenor guitar to coffee cups and spoons but, got a few friends in to help out including Los Angeles-based Bonnie Raitt and bassist James 'Hutch' Hutchinson.

Her Holt appearance is the only Norfolk date in a tour of summer festivals to promote the album.

Stand-up comedienne Jenny Eclair will chat with Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking and formidable chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, at Gresham School's Theatre in the Woods on July 24 at 4pm.

For more information visit: www.holtfestival.org

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