No Script, Sherlock! ‘Ghostwriters’ Wrap Up Wantage Literary Festival With Improvised Sherlock Holmes

The stars of UK comedy improvisation took Wantage (and Renaissance) on a thrilling new adventure, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London's great detective.

Rollicking plot twists and hilarious characters based on audience suggestions was a great way to conclude this year's Wantage (Not Just) Betjeman Literary Festival.

More than 30 other events including live comedy and a host of children's entertainments completed this year's line-up which ran from October 21 to 28.

This year's main festival sponsor was Renaissance Retirement, having developed the former police station on Church Street into luxury retirement apartments. Stevie Barratt, marketing manager of festival sponsor Renaissance Retirement, said: "The festival is a wonderful occasion to bring the local community together and we are delighted to play a small part.

Stevie added: "Building in the heart of Wantage, we know the excitement and intrigue this programme of talks, workshops, readings and performances will provide people from all over Oxfordshire.

"As a local retirement builder, we are delighted to support community events and the town's (Not Just) Betjeman Literary Festival is very dear to our heart."

The literary festival was first founded by a group of library lovers in 2011 to celebrate former Wantage resident Sir John Betjeman and his legacy in the town. Keep an eye out on next year's festival by visiting

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