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Sophy Ridge: The Women Who Shaped Politics£10

We have our second female Prime Minister but the road to power for women as politicians has been long and fraught. The presenter of Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday tells the story of those who put their lives on the line for equal rights and those who were the first to set foot inside Westminster. With exclusive interviews with Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Betty Boothroyd, Theresa May and more, she asks: what is it like to be a woman in politics today?
Sponsored by Phyllis Court Club

Monday October 02 - 06:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

An Evening By The Pool£10

The Pool – the online platform for women too busy to browse – comes to Henley for a special event on our opening night. Co-founder, editor & CEO Sam Baker is joined by four top contributors to talk fashion, feminism, mental health and much more: Festival favourite and Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon; agony aunt and How To Be A Grown Up author Daisy Buchanan; vlogger and No Filter author Grace Victory; journalist and Pretty Iconic author Sali Hughes.

Monday October 02 - 08:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Tom Chesshyre: From Source to Sea£10

Where else could a writer whose latest book saw him walk the length of the Thames appear, other than on one of our trips down the river? Last summer, Tom travelled 200 miles by foot, past meadows, churches and palaces, country estates and council estates, factories, dockyards – and Henley. Hear about what he saw and, equally as important, the people he met, as you travel down the Thames – this time by boat.

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

 

Tuesday October 03 - 10:30 am
The Hibernia

Peter Stothard: Four Men and Margaret Thatcher£8

A year after the death of Margaret Thatcher, a young historian arrived to ask Peter – former editor of The Times – some sharp questions about his memories of her tenure at Number Ten. It prompted a literary journey for Peter, back to four prominent men of the day – property developer David Hart, Spectator editor Frank Johnson, ‘The lady’s not for turning’ speechwriter Ronnie Miller and Woodrow Wyatt – named ‘The Senecans’. Let Peter explain his critically admired personal picture of our recent history.

Tuesday October 03 - 10:30 am
Town Hall

David Wickham and Ellen Wiles: Fictions Based on Experience£6

Two lawyers are the main characters in David and Ellen’s novels, both drawn from professional experiences. Stolen Children, described by William Boyd as “a compelling and wonderfully authentic novel” is based on David’s time spent making films about the 30,000 people who disappeared during the time of the fascist military junta in Argentina. Reading-born barrister Ellen’s debut The Invisible Crowd tells of an Eritrean refugee and the lawyer fighting for her to be allowed asylum in Britain. Powerful stories of the struggle for human rights from two authors who have seen it first-hand.

Tuesday October 03 - 10:30 am
Town Hall

Richard Ingrams£12.50

The Private Eye founder and former Oldie editor returns to Henley to discuss his long career and his acclaimed Ludo and the Power of the Book. Richard first met Ludovic Kennedy in 1963 and they soon became friends, with a shared delight in exposing the fallible nature of the British justice system. The journalist and broadcaster had a lifelong obsession with miscarriages of justice, re-examined the murder convictions of Timothy Evans and Derek Bentley among others, and was hugely influential in the abolition of the death penalty.

Tuesday October 03 - 02:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Nick Clegg£12.50

In what has been a tumultuous decade for British politics, few have had as dramatic a few years as Nick. From emerging as the star of the 2010 TV election debates and five years as Deputy Prime Minister to being one of the most passionate pro-European voices in parliament and losing his Sheffield seat in June, he will certainly have a lot to discuss with chair Daniel Hahn. And that is without mentioning his Sunday Times Bestseller Politics, praised as “compelling” by Ian McEwan and “essential” by Robert Peston. The former Lib Dem leader offers a frank account of his experiences, including tense stand-offs within government and – viewing the centre ground as deserted – puts his case for a new politics based on reason and compromise.

Wednesday October 04 - 10:30 am
Phyllis Court

Jonathan Romain & David Wilbourne: A Rabbi and a Vicar Walk into a Book Festival…£6

Two men of God reflect on their amusing and challenging paths. Having been an agony uncle, prison chaplain and nightclub bouncer, Rabbi Jonathan draws on his wide life experience: attempted seductions, multiple murders, Machiavellian families, hijacked weddings, catastrophic funerals and more are revealed in Confessions of a Rabbi. A quiet Yorkshire parish life beckoned for vicar David but his flock had other ideas. Local landowner Lord Feversham, Ted – a retired chef and Polish Free Army veteran – and Frank the elderly singing shepherd all feature in his memoir, Shepherd of Another Flock.

Wednesday October 04 - 02:30 pm
Town Hall

The Brexit Debate£12.50

Oldie editor Harry Mount (whose own book Summer Madness analyses what Brexit did to politics) is joined by Conservative turned-UKIP-turned-independent MP Douglas Carswell, The New European columnist Bonnie Greer and academic Paul Stocker, author of English Uprising, for a no-doubt lively discussion of what has been described as the biggest political coup of the century.

Wednesday October 04 - 04:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Martin Bell: War and the Death of News£12.50

Whether as a BBC war correspondent, prolific author or the man in the white suit who became a campaigning MP, Martin has earned a very special respect from the British public. He makes a welcome return to Henley to talk about war and the controversial nature of today’s news coverage, touching on his own experiences which stretch from Vietnam to Bosnia and Iraq. Join a man whose views are frank, forthright and relevant.

Thursday October 05 - 02:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Vince Cable£12.50

Long-serving MP, Minister and key member of the Coalition, Vince has now become a novelist. No surprise that Open Arms is set in Westminster, with Kate Thompson – a glamorous housewife-turned-MP – at its centre. Her meteoric rise saw her become a Minister and become embroiled in intrigue and passion. So how did Vince get taken down this creative road? And will he have anything to say on events of the last two years? Find out from the man himself.

Thursday October 05 - 04:30 pm
Phyllis Court

F-Word: Gemma Cairney, Lousie Pentland & Holly Smale£10

A frank, fearless and funny discussion of what it means to be a feminist in 2017 with three top speakers: presenter of Radio 1’s advice show The Surgery and author of Open: A Toolkit For How Magic & Messed Up Life Can Be Gemma; Sprinkleofglitter vlogger, UN Gender Equality Ambassador and author of Wilde Like Me Louise; and Holly, author of the bestselling series of Geek Girl YA novels.

Thursday October 05 - 06:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

AC Grayling£12.50

One of our foremost philosophers looks at why the institutions of democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against the forces they were designed to manage. Prompted by recent events in Britain and around the world, in Democracy and Its Crisis he looks at five moments in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome – or not – and with what consequences.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Friday October 06 - 02:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: How the Attack on the State Hurts Us All£10

The state houses us, educates us, employs us and protects us on the street – and in the wider world. It is part of our national identity. For Disemembered, husband-and wife Guardian columnists Polly and David travelled Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the state: nurses and patients, teachers and parents, policemen and civilians. The story they tell is a fascinating insight into our view of the state… and indeed, the state of the state.

Friday October 06 - 04:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Jess Phillips£10

Jess became the Labour MP for Yardley in Birmingham in 2015 and her impact has been phenomenal – both in the House and now with Everywoman, one of the most talked-about books of 2017. “You might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about”, she says. Now, she comes to Henley to talk about why women must stand up and speak out.

Saturday October 07 - 01:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Fergal Keane – Wounds: A Memoir of Love and War£8

As an award-winning BBC News correspondent Fergal has reported on war and tragedy around the world, including in Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Balkans. Now, he tells a family story of a murder, blood and betrayal that tore an Irish town apart. The killing of a British soldier happened outside his grandmother’s house. How do you relate the kindly men and women of your childhood with the deeds made public long years after they died?

Saturday October 07 - 05:00 pm
Town Hall

Ken Clarke£12.50

What a year to welcome the newly re-elected Father of the House of Commons to the Festival. One of the fiercest opponents of Brexit and the man who famously described Theresa May as a “bloody difficult woman”, the former Chancellor reflects on his long career serving in the cabinets of Thatcher, Major and Cameron.

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Sunday October 08 - 11:00 am
Phyllis Court Club

June Sarpong£10

Awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting and charity, June’s 20-year career has included T4, Loose Women and hosting Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park. Now, in Diversify, she examines how division limits our society, and provides six simple steps to help overcome prejudice. June gives a fierce, accessible and comprehensive guide to the ways in which a more open society means a more successful one, and why we can live without prejudice – and should want to.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 08 - 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Shaukat Aziz: From Banker to Pakistan PM£8

The former prime minister of Pakistan has a unique and fascinating story to tell. He left a 30-year career as a Citibank executive to return to Pakistan, following a coup in 1999. Two years later, 9/11 made Pakistan a vital ally in the War on Terror. His is an account of holding high office in a nuclear power, first as finance minister, then prime minister. He is interviewed by his coauthor, Sunday Times journalist Anna Mikhailova.

Sunday October 08 - 07:00 pm
Town Hall

The Brexit Debate£12.50

Oldie editor Harry Mount (whose own book Summer Madness analyses what Brexit did to politics) is joined by Conservative turned-UKIP-turned-independent MP Douglas Carswell, The New European columnist Bonnie Greer and academic Paul Stocker, author of English Uprising, for a no-doubt lively discussion of what has been described as the biggest political coup of the century.

Wednesday October 04 - 10/04/2017 04:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: How the Attack on the State Hurts Us All£10

The state houses us, educates us, employs us and protects us on the street – and in the wider world. It is part of our national identity. For Disemembered, husband-and wife Guardian columnists Polly and David travelled Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the state: nurses and patients, teachers and parents, policemen and civilians. The story they tell is a fascinating insight into our view of the state… and indeed, the state of the state.

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 04:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

F-Word: Gemma Cairney, Lousie Pentland & Holly Smale£10

A frank, fearless and funny discussion of what it means to be a feminist in 2017 with three top speakers: presenter of Radio 1’s advice show The Surgery and author of Open: A Toolkit For How Magic & Messed Up Life Can Be Gemma; Sprinkleofglitter vlogger, UN Gender Equality Ambassador and author of Wilde Like Me Louise; and Holly, author of the bestselling series of Geek Girl YA novels.

Thursday October 05 - 10/05/2017 06:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

AC Grayling£12.50

One of our foremost philosophers looks at why the institutions of democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against the forces they were designed to manage. Prompted by recent events in Britain and around the world, in Democracy and Its Crisis he looks at five moments in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome – or not – and with what consequences.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 02:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

An Evening By The Pool£10

The Pool – the online platform for women too busy to browse – comes to Henley for a special event on our opening night. Co-founder, editor & CEO Sam Baker is joined by four top contributors to talk fashion, feminism, mental health and much more: Festival favourite and Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon; agony aunt and How To Be A Grown Up author Daisy Buchanan; vlogger and No Filter author Grace Victory; journalist and Pretty Iconic author Sali Hughes.

Monday October 02 - 10/02/2017 08:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Sophy Ridge: The Women Who Shaped Politics£10

We have our second female Prime Minister but the road to power for women as politicians has been long and fraught. The presenter of Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday tells the story of those who put their lives on the line for equal rights and those who were the first to set foot inside Westminster. With exclusive interviews with Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Betty Boothroyd, Theresa May and more, she asks: what is it like to be a woman in politics today?
Sponsored by Phyllis Court Club

Monday October 02 - 10/02/2017 06:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

June Sarpong£10

Awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting and charity, June’s 20-year career has included T4, Loose Women and hosting Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park. Now, in Diversify, she examines how division limits our society, and provides six simple steps to help overcome prejudice. June gives a fierce, accessible and comprehensive guide to the ways in which a more open society means a more successful one, and why we can live without prejudice – and should want to.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Richard Ingrams£12.50

The Private Eye founder and former Oldie editor returns to Henley to discuss his long career and his acclaimed Ludo and the Power of the Book. Richard first met Ludovic Kennedy in 1963 and they soon became friends, with a shared delight in exposing the fallible nature of the British justice system. The journalist and broadcaster had a lifelong obsession with miscarriages of justice, re-examined the murder convictions of Timothy Evans and Derek Bentley among others, and was hugely influential in the abolition of the death penalty.

Tuesday October 03 - 10/03/2017 02:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Jess Phillips£10

Jess became the Labour MP for Yardley in Birmingham in 2015 and her impact has been phenomenal – both in the House and now with Everywoman, one of the most talked-about books of 2017. “You might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about”, she says. Now, she comes to Henley to talk about why women must stand up and speak out.

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 01:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Martin Bell: War and the Death of News£12.50

Whether as a BBC war correspondent, prolific author or the man in the white suit who became a campaigning MP, Martin has earned a very special respect from the British public. He makes a welcome return to Henley to talk about war and the controversial nature of today’s news coverage, touching on his own experiences which stretch from Vietnam to Bosnia and Iraq. Join a man whose views are frank, forthright and relevant.

Thursday October 05 - 10/05/2017 02:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Vince Cable£12.50

Long-serving MP, Minister and key member of the Coalition, Vince has now become a novelist. No surprise that Open Arms is set in Westminster, with Kate Thompson – a glamorous housewife-turned-MP – at its centre. Her meteoric rise saw her become a Minister and become embroiled in intrigue and passion. So how did Vince get taken down this creative road? And will he have anything to say on events of the last two years? Find out from the man himself.

Thursday October 05 - 10/05/2017 04:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Nick Clegg£12.50

In what has been a tumultuous decade for British politics, few have had as dramatic a few years as Nick. From emerging as the star of the 2010 TV election debates and five years as Deputy Prime Minister to being one of the most passionate pro-European voices in parliament and losing his Sheffield seat in June, he will certainly have a lot to discuss with chair Daniel Hahn. And that is without mentioning his Sunday Times Bestseller Politics, praised as “compelling” by Ian McEwan and “essential” by Robert Peston. The former Lib Dem leader offers a frank account of his experiences, including tense stand-offs within government and – viewing the centre ground as deserted – puts his case for a new politics based on reason and compromise.

Wednesday October 04 - 10/04/2017 10:30 am
Phyllis Court

Ken Clarke£12.50

What a year to welcome the newly re-elected Father of the House of Commons to the Festival. One of the fiercest opponents of Brexit and the man who famously described Theresa May as a “bloody difficult woman”, the former Chancellor reflects on his long career serving in the cabinets of Thatcher, Major and Cameron.

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 11:00 am
Phyllis Court Club

Tom Chesshyre: From Source to Sea£10

Where else could a writer whose latest book saw him walk the length of the Thames appear, other than on one of our trips down the river? Last summer, Tom travelled 200 miles by foot, past meadows, churches and palaces, country estates and council estates, factories, dockyards – and Henley. Hear about what he saw and, equally as important, the people he met, as you travel down the Thames – this time by boat.

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

 

Tuesday October 03 - 10/03/2017 10:30 am
The Hibernia

Shaukat Aziz: From Banker to Pakistan PM£8

The former prime minister of Pakistan has a unique and fascinating story to tell. He left a 30-year career as a Citibank executive to return to Pakistan, following a coup in 1999. Two years later, 9/11 made Pakistan a vital ally in the War on Terror. His is an account of holding high office in a nuclear power, first as finance minister, then prime minister. He is interviewed by his coauthor, Sunday Times journalist Anna Mikhailova.

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 07:00 pm
Town Hall

Fergal Keane – Wounds: A Memoir of Love and War£8

As an award-winning BBC News correspondent Fergal has reported on war and tragedy around the world, including in Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Balkans. Now, he tells a family story of a murder, blood and betrayal that tore an Irish town apart. The killing of a British soldier happened outside his grandmother’s house. How do you relate the kindly men and women of your childhood with the deeds made public long years after they died?

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 05:00 pm
Town Hall

Jonathan Romain & David Wilbourne: A Rabbi and a Vicar Walk into a Book Festival…£6

Two men of God reflect on their amusing and challenging paths. Having been an agony uncle, prison chaplain and nightclub bouncer, Rabbi Jonathan draws on his wide life experience: attempted seductions, multiple murders, Machiavellian families, hijacked weddings, catastrophic funerals and more are revealed in Confessions of a Rabbi. A quiet Yorkshire parish life beckoned for vicar David but his flock had other ideas. Local landowner Lord Feversham, Ted – a retired chef and Polish Free Army veteran – and Frank the elderly singing shepherd all feature in his memoir, Shepherd of Another Flock.

Wednesday October 04 - 10/04/2017 02:30 pm
Town Hall

Peter Stothard: Four Men and Margaret Thatcher£8

A year after the death of Margaret Thatcher, a young historian arrived to ask Peter – former editor of The Times – some sharp questions about his memories of her tenure at Number Ten. It prompted a literary journey for Peter, back to four prominent men of the day – property developer David Hart, Spectator editor Frank Johnson, ‘The lady’s not for turning’ speechwriter Ronnie Miller and Woodrow Wyatt – named ‘The Senecans’. Let Peter explain his critically admired personal picture of our recent history.

Tuesday October 03 - 10/03/2017 10:30 am
Town Hall

David Wickham and Ellen Wiles: Fictions Based on Experience£6

Two lawyers are the main characters in David and Ellen’s novels, both drawn from professional experiences. Stolen Children, described by William Boyd as “a compelling and wonderfully authentic novel” is based on David’s time spent making films about the 30,000 people who disappeared during the time of the fascist military junta in Argentina. Reading-born barrister Ellen’s debut The Invisible Crowd tells of an Eritrean refugee and the lawyer fighting for her to be allowed asylum in Britain. Powerful stories of the struggle for human rights from two authors who have seen it first-hand.

Tuesday October 03 - 10/03/2017 10:30 am
Town Hall