Entertainment, history, current affairs, fiction – whatever your preferred genre of reading, the Henley Literary Festival is sure to have something to suit all tastes.
Founded in 2007, the festival has now established itself as one of the most popular literary events attracting writers and eager readers to the riverside town.
This year’s festival takes place from October 2 to 8 at various venues across the town and with talks and readings from authors to celebrities to those with a passion for their subject matter.
More than 150 talks, Q&As, workshops and performances are being held.
The line-up features bestselling novelists Paula Hawkins, Roddy Doyle, Katie Fforde, Michael Morpurgo and Joanne Harris alongside speakers from politics, entertainment, sport and more including Russell Brand, Mary Berry, Phil Tufnell, June Sarpong and Chris Patten. Family events include Alison Steadman and Radio 1’s Greg James with their first children’s books, award-winning authors and illustrators Rob Biddulph and Steve Antony, Clare Balding and The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
The last year has featured some amazing, tragic and uplifting moments which have changed the world and you can expect to hear many thoughts on them over the course of the festival.
Learn and laugh as you hear tales of triumph and disaster and some just down-right weird and eccentric but you’re guaranteed to be entertained.
Running alongside the literary festival is the children’s festival which offers youngsters the chance to come face-to-face with their favourite authors and quiz them about their stories and characters.
For more information, a full line-up of those taking part and booking information go to henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.