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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: Jane Hawking, whose memoir Travelling to Infinity became the Bafta and Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything; broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, columnist Will Hutton, comedian Helen Lederer and internationally bestselling authors SJ Watson and MC Beaton. Many more speakers will be announced in the coming months. Our 2014 festival comprised 150 talks, Q&As, performances, workshops and children’s events including: Gareth Thomas Bonnie Greer David Nicholls Laura Bates & Melissa Benn Katy Wix Moose Allain Liam Fox & Anne Robinson Dawn O’Porter & Emma Freud Nicholas Parsons Eleanor Bron, Craig Brown & John Bird Lisa Jewell, Jenny Colgan & Rowan Coleman Jean Trumpington Francesca Martinez Geoffrey Boycott Tony Parsons & Simon Kernick Doreen Lawrence & Paul Greengrass Charlotte Green Ranulph Fiennes Mark Kermode Ramita Navai & Diana Darke Jeremy Robson & Maureen Lipman Emma Bridgewater Shane & Timothy Spall A.N. Wilson Rachel & Stanley Johnson Jason Hewitt, Rosa Rankin Gee & Hannah Beckerman Paddy Ashdown Princess Michael of Kent Irma Kurtz Esther Freud & Samantha Harvey Chris Bryant Adele Parks & Anna Hope Mike Read Douglas Hurd Roger Bannister Kirsty Wark & Gill Hornby Kwasi Kwarteng, Hugh Pym & Margaret Heffernan Bryony Gordon & Polly Vernon David Owen Ramita Navai & Diana Darke Hemsley + Hemsley Erin Kelly & Kate Rhodes Charles Spencer and many more


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.