Henley Literary Festival 2014: September 29-October 5

This year we will be bringing you 150 talks, interviews and performances, including our biggest line-up of children’s events yet.

Monday 29 September River Readings David Hempleman-Adams Alex Bellos Sandra Howard Jojo Moyes & Daisy Goodwin Nicky Haslam Helen Castor & Jonathan Beckman Irma Kurtz Christopher Dodd Paddy Ashdown Penny Junor Jack Carlson Rachel & Stanley Johnson Princess Michael of Kent John Whaite

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

Wednesday 1 October Judith Flanders Harry Bucknall & Nick Hunt Charlotte Green Dazzling Debuts Geoffrey Boycott Barbara Winton Dawn O’Porter & Emma Freud Francesca Martinez John Browne Mark Ellen River Readings

Thursday 2 October Adding to Austen Sinclair McKay Tim Clayton Hugo Vickers Angela Buckley George Layton Simon Thurley Lavinia Warner & Lynn Faulds Wood Emma Bridgewater Dylan Thomas at 100 Oz Clarke Tracy Borman David Quantick Horseracing Fact & Fiction strong>Mrs Moneypenny Anthony Sattin Tim Clayton

Friday 3 October Stephanie Shirley & Margot Harris Liam Fox Thane Prince Jenny Colgan, Lisa Jewell & Rowan Coleman Janice Hadlow River Readings Charles Spencer Esther Freud & Samantha Harvey David Owen Book Club Friday Scarlet Page Bryony Gordon & Polly Vernon Footballing Icons Chris Skidmore Andrew Fusek Peters Chris Stewart Richard Littlejohn

Saturday 4 October Africa Today Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at 50 Frances Welch Gareth Thomas Bonnie Greer Financial Crisis Panel Laura Bates & Melissa Benn Nicholas Parsons Jerry Hayes Katy Wix Patrick Bishop & Roger Moorhouse Matthew Parker Mike Read Craig Brown Ann Treneman

Sunday 5 October Brigid Keenan David Nicholls Nordic Noir Harriet Walter Hemsley + Hemsley Alison Mowbray Screenwriting Workshop Beatles on the Boat Peter Oborne Moose Allain Eleanor Bron & John Bird Selina Hastings Simon Heffer Tim Moore & Ned Boulting River Readings

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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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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