Alison Steadman, Michael Morpurgo, Gemma Cairney, Roy Hattersley and Paula Hawkins among latest speakers announced

Alison Steadman, Michael Morpurgo, Radio 1's Gemma Cairney and The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins are among the latest names confirmed for this autumn's Henley Literary Festival, which takes place at venues across the riverside town from 2nd-8th October. Also added to the line-up for the 11th Festival, supported by Baillie Gifford, are Roy Hattersley, bestselling young adult and children's author Holly Smale and highly rated debut ... read more

Inside the Cover: interview with Craig Brown

As we bound towards this year's Henley Literary Festival, a few favourite authors from this year's line-up reveal their literary loves, top tips for writing and ones-to-watch for 2017... Here we speak to Craig Brown, who returns to the Festival in October with his new book, 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret – a portrait of our most talked-about royal encompassing fame and art, snobbery and deference, fact and fiction. Can you ... read more

Pens at the ready… The Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition is now open!

Budding writers of all ages can now submit their stories for the 2017 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition, with prizes of up to £1,500 on offer when the winners are revealed at a special ceremony at this year’s Henley Literary Festival. After receiving over 1,000 entries from across the UK last year and seeing the competition featured in the Daily Mail and on the BBC, the Festival has again teamed up with the specialist tea company to ... read more

2017 Line-up: Sir Chris Bonington, Jess Phillips MP, David Baddiel, Katie Fforde, Greg James, Vince Cable and Virginia McKenna among first events announced

After a record-breaking 10th year in 2016, the first of 150 events planned for this autumn’s Henley Literary Festival have been revealed, covering children’s, comedy, fiction, politics and more. The Festival, supported by Baillie Gifford, will take place at venues across the riverside town from 2nd-8th October 2017. Sir Chris Bonington will make his first appearance at the Festival, discussing a six-decade mountaineering career that ... read more

Inside the Cover: interview with Samantha Shannon

As we bound towards this year's Henley Literary Festival, a few favourite authors from this year's line-up reveal their literary loves, top tips for writing and ones-to-watch for 2017... Rising star Samantha Shannon – who secured a major book deal aged just 21 for The Bone Season series – joins the festival in October with her hotly anticipated third release: The Song Rising. Can you remember the first book you read? What was ... read more