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

Top judges announced for our children’s Short Story Competition

Award-winning author-illustrator David Melling – whose Hugless Douglas series has sold more than 1.4million copies in over 26 languages – has joined the judging panel for the second year of the competition hosted in partnership with the Henley Literary Festival. David, whose loveable brown bear is the star of seven books including 2014 World Book Day number-one bestseller (Hello, Hugless Douglas!) and his most recent hit, 2016’s ... read more

Michael Heseltine and more return for the 10th Henley Literary Festival

Some of the UK’s most respected writers will be joined by top speakers from comedy, cookery, politics, music and more with over 150 events for adults and children at the 10th annual Henley Literary Festival this autumn. Michael Heseltine, Nadiya Hussain, David Essex, Sara Pascoe and Jeremy Paxman are among the names joining bestselling novelists Robert Harris, Val McDermid, Sebastian Faulks, Fay Weldon and Victoria Hislop at the Henley ... read more