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Ticket for the Henley Literary Festival 2015 go on sale to Friends of the Festival on July 13 and on general sale July 21. In addition to priority booking and exclusive ticket offers, Friends provide vital support to the Festival, as well as receiving special discounts from our partners for a variety of goods and services. Find out more

Henley Literary Festival 2015: September 28 to October 4

170 talks, Q&As and performances including Jane Hawking, Ranulph Fiennes, Ella Woodward, Ben Fogle and many more: Childrens: Alice in Wonderland; Hugless Douglas creator David Melling; Famous Five Charlie & Lola with Lauren Child; Beast Quest. Current affairs: The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu; MPs Caroline Lucas and Kwasi Kwarteng; former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks; journalists Caroline Criado-Perez, Will Hutton, Polly Toynbee & David Walker; Azi Ahmed; Cormac Murphy O'Connor. Entertainment: Helen Lederer; Tracey Thorn; Bob Harris; Emma Kennedy; Sue Perkins; Dean Friedman; Pam St Clement; Gyles Brandreth; Charlie Dore. Fiction: Lynda La Plante; Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell; Louis de Bernieres; Deborah Moggach; Sunny Singh; SJ Watson; Gill Hornby; Samantha Shannon; MC Beaton; debut novelists Helena CogganVaseem KhanEmma Hooper & Cesca Major History: Barney White-Spunner on Waterloo; Eugene Rogan on the Ottomans; Yasmin Khan on India's Second World War;Max Hastings; Horribe Histories expert Greg Jenner; Michael Smith on Bletchley Park.

Writing Competition

Jojo Moyes Credit Phyllis Christopher Henley Literary Festival is joining forces with Dragonfly Tea to search for the best unknown writers with the very first Story in a teacup short story competition for aspiring writers of all ages. The competition is free to enter and will be jugged by Jojo Moyes and Helen Lederer, with Lauren Child judging the children's category.


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.

Friends Card

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.