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You can now become a Friend of the Festival 2015. Friends receive priority booking and exclusive ticket offers, as well as providing vital support to the Festival as a not-for-profit. And Friends Card-holders now receive special discounts from our partners for a variety of goods and services. Find out more   Henley Literary Festival 2015 will take place from September 28 to October 4. We are delighted to announce our first few authors: The Archbishop of York, Dr John SentamuJane Hawking, whose memoir Travelling to Infinity became the Bafta and Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything; food-writing sensations Ella Woodward and Lisa Faulkner; Hugless Douglas creator David Melling; broadcasters Gyles Brandreth and Bob Harris; actress Pam St Clement; historians Barney White-Spunner, Eugene Rogan, Greg Jenner and Michael Smith; MPs Caroline Lucas and Kwasi Kwarteng; political commentators Will Hutton, Polly Toynbee and David Walker; comedian Helen Lederer; debut novelists Helena CogganVaseem Khan, Emma Hooper and Cesca Major; singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn; and internationally bestselling authors SJ Watson, Paula Hawkins, Gill Hornby, Samantha Shannon and MC Beaton. Many more speakers will be announced in the coming months.


01 The 2014 Henley Literary Festival received national press from the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, Grazia, Good Housekeeping and more, as well as on-air with BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 and 6 Music. BBC Radio Berkshire broadcast live from the festival, along with regular coverage from local print, online and broadcast media.


2 2014 saw our biggest children’s festival yet, with 27 events for all ages two and up. 1,200 schoolchildren attended events including Caroline Lawrence, Marcia Williams and Peter Bently, while older students joined our Doreen Lawrence event. Over the weekend we hosted workshops and singalongs at the River & Rowing Museum while the Baillie Gifford Festival Hub was home to free storytelling events including Maisy Mouse, Hugless Douglas and Roald Dahl.

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3 You can now become a Friend of the Festival for 2015. As well as priority booking, exclusive ticket offers and regular updates, Friends provide vital support to the Festival as a not-for-profit. And new this year, Friends Card-holders receive special discounts including Laithwaite’s Wine, the River & Rowing Museum, Cau, St. Audrey’s, Wigg and Gower Cottage Brownies.