Henley Literary Festival 2014: September 29-October 5

Tickets are now on sale to Friends of the Festival and go on general sale July 28. There are certain events where Friends are limited to buying two tickets during Friends booking, click here to view the list

This year we will be bringing you 150 talks, interviews and performances, including our biggest ever children’s programme.

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 Shane & Timothy Spall Princess Michael of Kent John Whaite Mark Kermode Rachel & Stanley Johnson

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 Ranulph Fiennes Harry Bucknall & Nick Hunt Dazzling Debuts Charlotte Green Geoffrey Boycott Roger Bannister Barbarba Winton Douglas Hurd Dawn O’Porter & Emma Freud Francesca Martinez John Browne Mark Ellen Forensics Fact & Fiction River Readings

Thursday 2 October Adding to Austen Henley Through Time Mrs Moneypenny Sinclair McKay Jean Trumpington 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 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 Roderick Bailey Nicholas Parsons Jerry Hayes Katy Wix Patrick Bishop & Roger Moorhouse Matthew Parker Mike Read Craig Brown

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

Children’s events

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It is still possible to become a Friend of the Festival for 2014, providing vital support and receiving priority booking and exclusive offers. Find out more. Tickets go on general sale on 28th July.

We have volunteer slots available over the Festival. Please contact holly@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk for more information.


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.

View the Facebook gallery