Rich Hall & Jenni Murray (and Renaissance Retirement) among stars at the 2017 Wantage (not just) Betjeman literary festival

Television comedian Rich Hall and Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray are among the stars at this year's Wantage literary festival.

Lexicographer Susie Dent of Channel 4's Countdown will also be appearing at the 2017 Wantage (not just) Betjeman Festival.

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

Festival fundraising manager, Vicki Luker, said: "You might think that in our lucky seventh year the team would be tempted to relax a little, but not a bit of it.

"We are once again offering our trademark smorgasbord of speakers, events and music to suit all tastes."

This year's main festival sponsor is 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."

Virginia-born Rich Hall will this year be bringing his critically acclaimed Hoedown show to the Beacon. The comedian and musician is famous for TV appearances on QI and Have I Got News For You.

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.

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