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

We will have limited phone access during the Festival (and may not be able to respond to messages this week) but you may book online or in person at the following locations:

From Monday 29th September to Thursday 2nd October: The Old Fire Station Gallery, Marketplace (behind Henley Town Hall).
From Friday 3rd October to Sunday 5th October: The Festival Hub in Henley Town Square, Marketplace.

Wednesday 1 October Harry Bucknall & Nick Hunt on great walks Dazzling Debuts Francesca Martinez John Browne Dawn O’Porter & Emma Freud Mark Ellen & David Hepworth Judith Flanders Geoffrey Boycott Charlotte Green Roger Bannister Simon Garfield

Thursday 2 October Tracy Borman on Thomas Cromwell Hugo Vickers on Cecil Beaton Simon Thurley Emma Bridgewater Oz Clarke Dylan Thomas at 100 David Quantick George Layton Baroness Trumpington Mrs Moneypenny Sinclair McKay

Friday October 3 Bryony Gordon & Polly Vernon Charles Spencer Jenny Colgan, Lisa Jewell & Rowan Coleman Guillem Balague, Matt Dickinson & Patrick Barclay Thane Prince Esther Freud & Samantha Harvey Liam Fox Chris Skidmore Janice Hadlow

Saturday October 4 Gareth Thomas Bonnie Greer John Burningham on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Laura Bates & Melissa Benn Katy Wix Patrick Bishop & Roger Moorhouse on WW2 Matthew Parker on Ian Fleming Roderick Bailey Nicholas Parsons

Sunday October 5 David Nicholls Brigid Keenan Ned Boulting & Tim Moore Selina Hastings Peter Oborne Eleanor Bron, Craig Brown & John Bird Moose Allain drawing workshop Simon Heffer Hemsley sisters Nordic Noir Ramita Navai & Diana Darke


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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Bonnie Greer

Events in the morning of October 1 include Ranulph Fiennes, Judith Flanders and a memoir-writing workshop, followed by Charlotte Green, Geoffrey Boycott, Roger Bannister and Dazzling Debuts in the afternoon. Then the day is rounded off by Dawn O’Porter & Emma Freud, Mark Ellen & David Hepworth, Francesca Martinez, Douglas Hurd and former BP chief John Browne.

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Thursday events

On Saturday October 4 at 12pm we are joined by a wonderful speaker, taking us on her journey from the south side of Chicago to one of the most respected voices in British culture. In the first volume of her memoirs, the award-winning playwright, author and critic Bonnie Greer describes, in an extraordinarily moving way, how an African-American girl growing up in a culture of racism and limited opportunity in the 1960s carved a career for herself that led to her receiving an honour from the Queen for her contribution to the arts. A moving and inspiring tale told by a talented woman who has been an example to her generation.
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Friday events

On Friday October 3, morning events include Liam Fox in conversation with Anne Robinson, River Readings and Thane Prince. In the afternoon bestselling novelists Jenny Colgan, Lisa Jewell, Rowan Coleman, Samantha Harvey & Esther Freud are joined by historiansCharles Spencer, Janice Hadlow & Chris Skidmore. Then in the evening columnists Bryony Gordon & Polly Vernon are in the Kenton while Guillem Balague, Matt Dickinson & Patrick Barclay talk football at the Town Hall.

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