We are currently looking for two interns to help with the run-up to this year’s Festival. The first position starts on 1st July 2014 and the second on 26th August. Both roles are for three days a week, finishing on 10th October. Please see the job description for further details and how to apply. The deadline for applications is the 23rd April 2014

Henley Literary Festival 2014: September 29-October 5

Record-breaking British icons Sir Roger Bannister and Sir Ranulph Fiennes visit the festival for the first time. Best-selling authors Adele Parks and Jenny Colgan discuss their latest novels while Lynn Barber and Bonnie Greer talk about their memoirs. Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, Shadow Cabinet member Chris Bryant and former Conservative MP Jerry Hayes come to Henley in the midst of conference season. English Heritage chief Simon Thurley returns after a sell-out appearance in 2013, while Cosmopolitan agony aunt Irma Kurtz, Sir Christopher Frayling and Ramita Navai all make their Henley debuts. Campaigners Laura Bates and Melissa Benn look at the issues facing women in 2014 while our Nordic Noir event brings three of Denmark’s leading novelists to the Thames-side town. Many more events will be announced in coming months, including a full children’s programme.

And it is now possible to become a Friend of the Festival for 2014, providing vital support and receiving priority booking and exclusive offers. Find out more. Tickets will go on sale to Friends in early July and on general sale later that month

2013 festival

Over 100 talks, interview and readings in 2013 included: Kate Adie Floella Benjamin Craig Brown Eleanor Bron Amit Chaudhuri James Cracknell Giles Coren Barry Cryer David Gower Robert Harris Gill Hornby Kate Humble Lisa Jewell Alan Johnson Rachel Joyce Miles Jupp Erin Kelly Emma Kennedy Rula Lenska Deborah Moggach David Nobbs Tarquin Olivier Private Eye Stella Rimington Sathnam Sanghera Vivek Singh Dan Snow Irvine Welsh Ann Widdecombe Lucy Worsley and many more.

We gave literary festival debuts to Graham Nash, Katherine Grainger and Damian McBride and our events with Stella Rimington, Barry Norman, Liz Jones, Nick Ross, the Countess of Carnarvon, Simon Thurley, Melvyn Bragg and Charles Moore made national press. Returning interviewers Emma Freud. John Stapleton, Lynn Faulds Wood, Daniel Hahn and Lucy Cavendish were joined by Anne Robinson, Iain Dale, Monisha Rajesh and Sophie Van Brugen. And children were entertained by Caroline Lawrence, Sharky & George, Gareth Edwards and more.


2013 programme

The 2013 programme can be downloaded and viewed in PDF format.

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Venue map

The 2013 venue map can also be downloaded and viewed in PDF format.

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You can now become a Friend of the Festival for 2014 provide vital support to us as a not-for-profit and receiving priority booking, exclusive offers and an invitation to the launch party. In 2013 Friends had first chance to book for over 50 sell-out events including Kate Adie, Deborah Moggach, Graham Nash and Stella Rimington.

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The 2013 Henley Literary Festival received coverage in print, online and on-air from the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Radio 4, The Guardian, the Spectator, ITV Meridian, Channel 4 News as well as local media.

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2013 gallery

Our first photo gallery from the 2013 festival is now up on Facebook, with authors including Barry Norman, Ann Widdecombe, David Gower, Deborah Moggach, Irvine Welsh, Kate Humble and Miles Jupp.

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