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29 September - 5 October | 150 talks, Q&As and performances

Henley Literary Festival 2014: September 29-October 5 Tickets now on sale
This year we will be bringing you 150 talks, interviews and performances, including Doreen Lawrence, David Nicholls, Emma Bridgewater, Princess Michael of Kent and Geoffrey Boycott, as well as our biggest line-up of children’s events yet.

Monday 29 September Alex Bellos David Hempleman-Adams Jojo Moyes & Daisy Goodwin Nicky Haslam Helen Castor & Jonathan Beckman on Joan of Arc & Marie Antoinette Irma Kurtz Christopher Dodd Paddy Ashdown Penny Junor Jack Carlson Princess Michael of Kent Book tickets

Tuesday 30 September John Keay Saul David on WW1 Doreen Lawrence Adele Parks & Anna Hope Brough Scott & Gary Witheford Graham McCann on Yes Minister A.N. Wilson Tony Parsons & Simon Kernick Crime & Wine Chris Bryant Kirsty Wark Michael Smith Book tickets

Wednesday 1 October Judith Flanders Harry Bucknall & Nick Hunt Charlotte Green Dazzling Debuts with Hannah Beckerman, Jason Hewitt & Rosa Rankin Gee Geoffrey Boycott River Readings Mark Ellen & David Hepworth Dawn O’Porter & Emma Freud Francesca Martinez John Browne Book tickets

Thursday 2 October Adding to Austen with Jo Baker & Lynn Shepherd Mrs Moneypenny Sinclair McKay Tim Clayton Hugo Vickers on Cecil Beaton Angela Buckley George Layton Simon Thurley Lavinia Warner & Lynn Faulds Wood on Tenko Emma Bridgewater Dylan Thomas at 100 Oz Clarke Tracy Borman David Quantick Felix Francis & Nick Townsend Tim Clayton on Waterloo Anthony Sattin on T.E. Lawrence Book tickets

Friday 3 October Thane Prince on preserves Liam Fox River Readings Jenny Colgan, Lisa Jewell & Rowan Coleman Janice Hadlow on George 111 Esther Freud & Samantha Harvey Richard Littlejohn Book Club Friday with Abbie Ross, Amanda Jennings & Cesca Major Scarlet Page Bryony Gordon & Polly Vernon Footballing Icons Chris Skidmore Andrew Fusek Peters on wild swimming Charles Spencer Book tickets

Saturday 4 October Anthony Sinclair & Martin Meredith Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at 50 with John Burningham & Simon Williams Mike Read Gareth Thomas Bonnie Greer Hugh Pym, Kwasi Kwarteng & Margaret Heffernan Laura Bates & Melissa Benn Nicholas Parsons Jerry Hayes Katy Wix Patrick Bishop & Roger Moorhouse on WW2 Matthew Parker on Ian Fleming Book tickets

Sunday 5 October Brigid Keenan David Nicholls Moose Allain drawing workshop Harriet Walter Hemsley + Hemsley Charles Harris screenwriting workshop Peter Oborne Selina Hastings Simon Heffer Martini Days with Eleanor Bron & John Bird River Readings Alison Mowbray Book tickets

Download the Henley Literary Festival 2014 programme


2014 programme

The 2014 programme can be downloaded and viewed in PDF format.

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Venue map

The 2014 venue map can also be downloaded and viewed in PDF format.

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Doreen Lawrence

Tuesday September 30th, 11.30am, Christ Churcc. In a rare literary festival appearance, Baroness Lawrence joins Bafta-winning filmmaker Paul Greengrass in conversation. They will look at her journey from growing up in 1950s Jamaica to the House of Lords and being named Woman of 2014 by BBC Radio 4, on the back of her inspiring campaigning following the tragic death of her son Stephen.

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RSL September event

On 11 September our friends at the Royal Society of Literature present Hilary Mantel in conversation with Harriet Walter at London’s Union Chapel. Hilary and Harriet reflect on how they get to grips with a character, compare notes on capturing personality on the page and the stage, and discuss how to maintain a sense of self while becoming someone else.
11 September, 7.30pm. £20/£12 (Concessions)/FREE to RSL Members.

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Children’s events

Our biggest ever line-up of children’s events includes Nicholas Allen, Petr Horacek, Julia Copus, Maisy Mouse, Hugless Douglas, Squishy McFluff, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Roald Dahl storytelling, drawing workshops and much more.

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