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LUCY MANGAN£10

As a feature writer and TV critic for the Guardian, columnist for Stylist magazine and author of The Reluctant Bride and My Family & Other Disasters, Lucy is one of our most entertaining writers. In Bookworm she turns her attention to reading – and those books and stories from childhood that stay with us forever – exploring from Narnia to Wonderland via the works of Enid Blyton, Judy Blume and many more. Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson called Lucy’s book “Passionate, witty, informed, and gloriously opinionated” – join us to discover for yourself.

Tuesday October 02 - 08:30 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 - 12:30 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

JUDITH KERR£6/£12.50

Adult £12.50 incl. book, Child £6
Adult tickets include a copy of Mummy Time (RRP £12.99)

Having just turned 95, one of the best loved children’s writers of all time returns to Henley for an all-ages event that will see her in conversation with editor Ian Craig looking back on a unique life and career including The Tiger Who Came To Tea (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), 18 best-selling Mog books and the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, as well as her latest, Mummy Time, the enchanting and funny tale of a small child’s adventures while his mother is distracted by her smartphone.

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

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 06 - 03:00 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 - 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ALEX GREGORY£12.50

As a two-time Olympic rowing Gold medalist and five-time world champion, Alex knows about sporting life at the top. As a father of three he knows about the challenge of keeping children entertained hence his book Dadventures. In this revelatory family activity guide – containing everything from Two-hour Missions and Overnight Adventures to doing homework up a tree – Alex shows how to make life better for parents and children (and proves that we never really grow up). He will be in conversation with broadcaster Beverley Turner.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

DRAGONFLY TEA CHILDREN’S STORY COMPETITION£FREE

Join us for a special ceremony celebrating the nominees and winners of this year’s writing competition, in partnership with Dragonfly Tea and literacy charity Beanstalk. This year’s theme is The Wild Garden and children aged 5-15 can enter via at Dragonfly Tea’s website until midnight on 31 July – see page 74 of this programme for more. Judging the best of the bunch are Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling, with book vouchers for the winners (and their schools too) up for grabs.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

MICHAEL MORPURGO: MAGICAL MYTHS AND LEGENDS£12/18

Adult £12 / Child £18 
Child tickets include a copy of Magical Myths and Legends (RRP £14.99)

War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael returns after his schools event in 2015 (the fastest-selling in our history) in the week that Magical Myths and Legends, featuring his retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight, is published. A chance to hear one of Britain’s best-loved authors read and answer your questions as he reflects on an amazing career that includes Toto (his Wizard of Oz retelling), I Believe in Unicorns and The Butterfly Lion.

1 hour   ·   Ages 1-100! 

In memory of Caroline Blagg
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.

Saturday September 29 - 05:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

MICHAEL MORPURGO: MAGICAL MYTHS AND LEGENDS£12/18

Adult £12 / Child £18 
Child tickets include a copy of Magical Myths and Legends (RRP £14.99)

War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael returns after his schools event in 2015 (the fastest-selling in our history) in the week that Magical Myths and Legends, featuring his retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight, is published. A chance to hear one of Britain’s best-loved authors read and answer your questions as he reflects on an amazing career that includes Toto (his Wizard of Oz retelling), I Believe in Unicorns and The Butterfly Lion.

1 hour   ·   Ages 1-100! 

In memory of Caroline Blagg
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.

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 05:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

LUCY MANGAN£10

As a feature writer and TV critic for the Guardian, columnist for Stylist magazine and author of The Reluctant Bride and My Family & Other Disasters, Lucy is one of our most entertaining writers. In Bookworm she turns her attention to reading – and those books and stories from childhood that stay with us forever – exploring from Narnia to Wonderland via the works of Enid Blyton, Judy Blume and many more. Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson called Lucy’s book “Passionate, witty, informed, and gloriously opinionated” – join us to discover for yourself.

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 08:30 pm
KENTON THEATRE

JUDITH KERR£6/£12.50

Adult £12.50 incl. book, Child £6
Adult tickets include a copy of Mummy Time (RRP £12.99)

Having just turned 95, one of the best loved children’s writers of all time returns to Henley for an all-ages event that will see her in conversation with editor Ian Craig looking back on a unique life and career including The Tiger Who Came To Tea (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), 18 best-selling Mog books and the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, as well as her latest, Mummy Time, the enchanting and funny tale of a small child’s adventures while his mother is distracted by her smartphone.

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

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 06 - 10/06/2018 03:00 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

ALEX GREGORY£12.50

As a two-time Olympic rowing Gold medalist and five-time world champion, Alex knows about sporting life at the top. As a father of three he knows about the challenge of keeping children entertained hence his book Dadventures. In this revelatory family activity guide – containing everything from Two-hour Missions and Overnight Adventures to doing homework up a tree – Alex shows how to make life better for parents and children (and proves that we never really grow up). He will be in conversation with broadcaster Beverley Turner.

Sponsored by Mr Hobbs Gin

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

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

DRAGONFLY TEA CHILDREN’S STORY COMPETITION£FREE

Join us for a special ceremony celebrating the nominees and winners of this year’s writing competition, in partnership with Dragonfly Tea and literacy charity Beanstalk. This year’s theme is The Wild Garden and children aged 5-15 can enter via at Dragonfly Tea’s website until midnight on 31 July – see page 74 of this programme for more. Judging the best of the bunch are Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling, with book vouchers for the winners (and their schools too) up for grabs.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL