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RICHARD HERRING: 1001 CONVERSATION STARTERS£10

Would you rather wear a hat made of beef or shoes made of yoghurt? If you had to wear somebody’s guts for garters – if you had to – who would you disembowel to facilitate your socks staying up? With these conversation starters and 999 more Emergency Questions, comedian Richard promises to turn around that boring party, awkward date or below-par job interview. The book offers answers aplenty too, from guests on his award-winning Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, where interviewees have included Stephen Fry and Brian Blessed.

Sponsored by Towergate Insurance

Wednesday October 03 - 08:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

CLAIRE HARDING: A DODGER’S LIFE£7

Jack Wild was born to be the Artful Dodger in the Oscar-winning musical Oliver! which propelled him to global stardom aged 15 and paved the way for starring roles in HR Pufnstuf and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Jack died in 2006 but his widow Claire – who completed his autobiography, It’s a Dodgers Life – wants people to know that his life was not just that of a child star who battled alcoholism and died tragically young. She talks movingly of a man who loved the life that he turned around and lived for being an entertainer. Claire will be in conversation with Stewart Collins, artistic director of the Henley Festival.

Wednesday October 03 - 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL

FEARNE COTTON: IN CONVERSATION WITH BRYONY GORDON£12.50

Includes a copy of Hungry Babies (RRP £10.99)

One of the UK’s most in-demand TV and radio presenters, and now host of the hugely popular Happy Place podcast, Fearne is also a bestselling author of lifestyle and children’s books. She returns to the lovely setting of Phyllis Court with Hungry Babies, her beautifully illustrated new story. And as the book title suggests, babies and preschoolers will be made most welcome alongside the grown-ups.

Sponsored by Hotel du Vin

Friday October 05 - 12:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

DEAR LUPIN£12.50

In 2013, stars of stage and screen Jeremy Child (Judge John Deed) and Robert Portal (Collateral) delighted the Festival with readings from Dear Lupin, the celebrated book made up of letters sent by journalist Roger Mortimer to his ‘wayward son’ Charlie. Now, they return to do another special reading – this time, followed by a Q&A with Charlie Mortimer himself. A real treat to hear two fine actors and meet Lupin in the flesh.

Friday October 05 - 02:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

KENNEY JONES£12.50

For over 50 years, Kenney has been the drummer at the heart of British rock music, starting as a teenager with The Small Faces, then as part of The Faces and replacing the late Keith Moon in The Who. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has now written his autobiography Let the Good Times Roll, recalling working some of the greats of the music industry and his unlikely hobby as a polo player with his own polo club in Surrey.

Friday October 05 - 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

ADE ADEPITAN: IN CONVERSATION WITH KATHERINE GRAINGER£6/£10

Adult £10, Child £6

A special family event with the wheelchair basketball icon – whose medal tally includes silver at the Athens 2004 and gold at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup – in conversation with Katherine Grainger, Team GB’s most-decorated female Olympian. Now a respected sport and travel presenter for the BBC and Channel 4, Ade comes to Henley with his first children’s book which takes his own childhood experience of moving from Nigeria to London, and the challenges he faced as the starting point for a truly Amazing Ade-venture! A fun and inspiring hour for for all the family.

Saturday October 06 - 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

MICHAEL CRICK£12.50

Award-winning reporter Michael, back as Channel 4 News political correspondent after two decades at Newsnight, will reflect on his own career and that of Sir David Butler, the man who made British politics swing. Bringing voting figures to life on television, the Oxford academic did more than anyone to transform coverage of British elections and has covered every one since the war. Michael tells Sir David’s story in the splendidly titled Sultan of Swing.

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Saturday October 06 - 09:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

NICK HEWER: A LIFE FROM A-Z£12.50

Please note: This event has now moved from the time billed in the printed programme (was 6.30pm on 1 October)

After 30 years in business and PR, Nick came late to public attention when, as one of Lord Sugar’s closest advisers, he was recruited to work on The Apprentice, where he remained for 10 series. Now firmly established as the host of Countdown, he has written My Alphabet – A Life from A to Z, a memoir full of the wry sense of humour and astute insights that make him equally at home on Question Time as Have I Got News For You.

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Sunday October 07 - 11:00 am
KENTON THEATRE

SECRET SERVICE QUIZ£10

Have you ever daydreamed of being approached to be a secret agent? Fancied being propelled into an elegant and dangerous world of spies? Pit your wits against some of the greatest minds of our time at this special event with Sunday Times bestseller Sinclair McKay, author of Bletchley Park Brainteasers. Blending extraordinary and illuminating historical tales of the Secret Service from over the years, test your mental agility to discover: Do YOU have what it takes to be a spy? The most brilliant and highest scoring candidate will win a special prize…

Sunday October 07 - 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ROBIN INCE: I’M A JOKE AND SO ARE YOU£10

So what made Robin a comedian? In a vain but glorious attempt to find out, the stand-up star and presenter of radio’s Infinite Monkey Cage interviewed fellow comics – such as Ricky Gervais, Jo Brand and Tim Minchin as well as neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors – to find out why he is who he is, and why he gets up on stage to make people laugh for I’m a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human. 

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 07 - 07:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

LIANE MORIARTY: NINE PERFECT STRANGERS£12.50

Her 2014 novel Big Little Lies became a TV sensation starring Reese Witherspoon, while her previous book The Husband’s Secret has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is being made into a film with Blake Lively.

Now Australian author Liane comes to Henley for a special post-Festival event at the River & Rowing Museum with her latest novel Nine Perfect Strangers, the film rights to which have been snapped up by Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman. Nine strangers walk into a secluded retreat, lured by its promise to transform their lives and each hiding their true reason for coming. But behind the retreat’s glamorous façade lies a dark secret hidden from its guests. Join Liane for a rare UK event, in conversation with writer Amanda Jennings.

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday October 13 - 07:00 pm
RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM

PAM AYRES£15

Includes a copy of The Last Hedgehog (RRP £6.99)

National treasure is an accolade not easily earned, but Pam has spent nearly five decades making us laugh and sigh with her humorous and poignant poetry, most recently with the delightful and thought-provoking The Last Hedgehog. She began reading in an Oxfordshire folk club and then on a BBC local radio station, but it was an appearance on the talent show Opportunity Knocks that gave her national fame – and now here she is, back in Henley.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Tuesday October 02 - 04:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

REBECCA FRONT: IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST£12.50

If you don’t know her face, don’t recognise her voice, where have you been?
The multi-talented Rebecca comes to the country’s fourth-oldest working theatre to talk about her career and Impossible Things Before Breakfast, her new collection of humorous true stories. A hugely talented actor, Rebecca found fame in comedy in The Day Today and Alan Partridge and is a familiar face on TV for The Thick of It and Lewis fans. She is also a Radio 4 regular and a Guardian columnist.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Saturday October 06 - 01:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

NICK HEWER: A LIFE FROM A-Z£12.50

Please note: This event has now moved from the time billed in the printed programme (was 6.30pm on 1 October)

After 30 years in business and PR, Nick came late to public attention when, as one of Lord Sugar’s closest advisers, he was recruited to work on The Apprentice, where he remained for 10 series. Now firmly established as the host of Countdown, he has written My Alphabet – A Life from A to Z, a memoir full of the wry sense of humour and astute insights that make him equally at home on Question Time as Have I Got News For You.

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Reading

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 11:00 am
KENTON THEATRE

RICHARD HERRING: 1001 CONVERSATION STARTERS£10

Would you rather wear a hat made of beef or shoes made of yoghurt? If you had to wear somebody’s guts for garters – if you had to – who would you disembowel to facilitate your socks staying up? With these conversation starters and 999 more Emergency Questions, comedian Richard promises to turn around that boring party, awkward date or below-par job interview. The book offers answers aplenty too, from guests on his award-winning Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, where interviewees have included Stephen Fry and Brian Blessed.

Sponsored by Towergate Insurance

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 08:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

KENNEY JONES£12.50

For over 50 years, Kenney has been the drummer at the heart of British rock music, starting as a teenager with The Small Faces, then as part of The Faces and replacing the late Keith Moon in The Who. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has now written his autobiography Let the Good Times Roll, recalling working some of the greats of the music industry and his unlikely hobby as a polo player with his own polo club in Surrey.

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 06:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

REBECCA FRONT: IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST£12.50

If you don’t know her face, don’t recognise her voice, where have you been?
The multi-talented Rebecca comes to the country’s fourth-oldest working theatre to talk about her career and Impossible Things Before Breakfast, her new collection of humorous true stories. A hugely talented actor, Rebecca found fame in comedy in The Day Today and Alan Partridge and is a familiar face on TV for The Thick of It and Lewis fans. She is also a Radio 4 regular and a Guardian columnist.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 01:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

ROBIN INCE: I’M A JOKE AND SO ARE YOU£10

So what made Robin a comedian? In a vain but glorious attempt to find out, the stand-up star and presenter of radio’s Infinite Monkey Cage interviewed fellow comics – such as Ricky Gervais, Jo Brand and Tim Minchin as well as neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors – to find out why he is who he is, and why he gets up on stage to make people laugh for I’m a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human. 

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 07:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

DEAR LUPIN£12.50

In 2013, stars of stage and screen Jeremy Child (Judge John Deed) and Robert Portal (Collateral) delighted the Festival with readings from Dear Lupin, the celebrated book made up of letters sent by journalist Roger Mortimer to his ‘wayward son’ Charlie. Now, they return to do another special reading – this time, followed by a Q&A with Charlie Mortimer himself. A real treat to hear two fine actors and meet Lupin in the flesh.

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 02:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

MICHAEL CRICK£12.50

Award-winning reporter Michael, back as Channel 4 News political correspondent after two decades at Newsnight, will reflect on his own career and that of Sir David Butler, the man who made British politics swing. Bringing voting figures to life on television, the Oxford academic did more than anyone to transform coverage of British elections and has covered every one since the war. Michael tells Sir David’s story in the splendidly titled Sultan of Swing.

Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 09:00 pm
KENTON THEATRE

FEARNE COTTON: IN CONVERSATION WITH BRYONY GORDON£12.50

Includes a copy of Hungry Babies (RRP £10.99)

One of the UK’s most in-demand TV and radio presenters, and now host of the hugely popular Happy Place podcast, Fearne is also a bestselling author of lifestyle and children’s books. She returns to the lovely setting of Phyllis Court with Hungry Babies, her beautifully illustrated new story. And as the book title suggests, babies and preschoolers will be made most welcome alongside the grown-ups.

Sponsored by Hotel du Vin

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 12:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

SECRET SERVICE QUIZ£10

Have you ever daydreamed of being approached to be a secret agent? Fancied being propelled into an elegant and dangerous world of spies? Pit your wits against some of the greatest minds of our time at this special event with Sunday Times bestseller Sinclair McKay, author of Bletchley Park Brainteasers. Blending extraordinary and illuminating historical tales of the Secret Service from over the years, test your mental agility to discover: Do YOU have what it takes to be a spy? The most brilliant and highest scoring candidate will win a special prize…

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

PAM AYRES£15

Includes a copy of The Last Hedgehog (RRP £6.99)

National treasure is an accolade not easily earned, but Pam has spent nearly five decades making us laugh and sigh with her humorous and poignant poetry, most recently with the delightful and thought-provoking The Last Hedgehog. She began reading in an Oxfordshire folk club and then on a BBC local radio station, but it was an appearance on the talent show Opportunity Knocks that gave her national fame – and now here she is, back in Henley.

Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 04:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ADE ADEPITAN: IN CONVERSATION WITH KATHERINE GRAINGER£6/£10

Adult £10, Child £6

A special family event with the wheelchair basketball icon – whose medal tally includes silver at the Athens 2004 and gold at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup – in conversation with Katherine Grainger, Team GB’s most-decorated female Olympian. Now a respected sport and travel presenter for the BBC and Channel 4, Ade comes to Henley with his first children’s book which takes his own childhood experience of moving from Nigeria to London, and the challenges he faced as the starting point for a truly Amazing Ade-venture! A fun and inspiring hour for for all the family.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

LIANE MORIARTY: NINE PERFECT STRANGERS£12.50

Her 2014 novel Big Little Lies became a TV sensation starring Reese Witherspoon, while her previous book The Husband’s Secret has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is being made into a film with Blake Lively.

Now Australian author Liane comes to Henley for a special post-Festival event at the River & Rowing Museum with her latest novel Nine Perfect Strangers, the film rights to which have been snapped up by Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman. Nine strangers walk into a secluded retreat, lured by its promise to transform their lives and each hiding their true reason for coming. But behind the retreat’s glamorous façade lies a dark secret hidden from its guests. Join Liane for a rare UK event, in conversation with writer Amanda Jennings.

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday October 13 - 10/13/2018 07:00 pm
RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM

CLAIRE HARDING: A DODGER’S LIFE£7

Jack Wild was born to be the Artful Dodger in the Oscar-winning musical Oliver! which propelled him to global stardom aged 15 and paved the way for starring roles in HR Pufnstuf and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Jack died in 2006 but his widow Claire – who completed his autobiography, It’s a Dodgers Life – wants people to know that his life was not just that of a child star who battled alcoholism and died tragically young. She talks movingly of a man who loved the life that he turned around and lived for being an entertainer. Claire will be in conversation with Stewart Collins, artistic director of the Henley Festival.

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 08:30 pm
TOWN HALL