Henley ...one for the his­tory books

Stel­lar line-up for the an­nual lit­er­ary fes­ti­val

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - BOOKS -

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.

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