Henley ...one for the history books
Stellar line-up for the annual literary festival
Two new additions to Henley Literary Festival’s line-up are set to hit the right note with audiences. The X Factor frontman Dermot O’Leary and radio and TV presenter Fearne Cotton, both of whom are publishing children’s books, are among the final names that have been added to next month’s festival programme. They join previously confirmed speakers including Mary Berry, Clare Balding, Jeremy Vine and Danny Baker.
Politics is being covered by Nick Clegg – who has a book out on Brexit – and MPs Jess Phillips, Douglas Carswell and Vince Cable.
Novelists at the festival include Joanne Harris, Rachel Joyce, Michael Frayn, Chibundu Onuzo and The Nix author Nathan Hill. Charles Spencer, Anita Anand, Peter Snow and Anne de Courcy will be giving talks on historical themes.
There will be appearances by The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci and Born Free star Virginia McKenna, as well as Event’s Craig Brown with his new book on Princess Margaret.
The festival, supported by The Mail on Sunday, takes place at venues across Henley-on-Thames from October 2-8, with more than 150 talks, Q&A sessions and performances for adults and children. For the full programme and tickets, go to henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.