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Peter Conradi: Who Lost Russia?£8

During Peter’s six years as foreign correspondent in Moscow, he saw at first-hand the collapse of the USSR in 1991. But instead of the hoped-for peace and co-operation a new Cold War threatens to turn hot once again, with the country making headlines on a daily basis. The Sunday Times foreign editor – whose book The King’s Speech inspired the Oscar-winning film – addresses the failures of understanding on both sides over the past 25 years, and how he hopes we can get relations back on track before it’s too late.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

Monday October 02 - 04:30 pm
Town Hall

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

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

Ofra Yeshua-Lyth: Politically Incorrect£6

While Israel claims to be a modern democratic state, journalist Ofra reveals that in matters of birth and death, marriage and divorce, finance and the military, Israel’s rabbis exercise iron control over their government. She fears the country’s demise in the growing tension between Israelis who want to lead modern secular lives, and those who wish to continue in the grip of the rabbis.

Tuesday October 03 - 08:30 pm
Town Hall

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

Roy Hattersley£12.50

A long and distinguished political career has given way to a life dominated by writing for the former deputy leader of the Labour Party. Now, Lord Hattersley turns his attention to the Catholic Church in Britain. The book traces its history from the Reformation, focusing on the lives of Catholics who faced prosecution and persecution but helped the church to survive because of their refusal to compromise. Hear from one of our greatest speakers.

Wednesday October 04 - 04:30 pm
Phyllis Court

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

Simon Jenkins£10

The former Times editor turned Guardian columnist makes his first appearance at the Festival with much to discuss, both in terms of politics – on which he has been commenting for over 40 years – and his latest book, Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations. Where journeys begin and end, some are quaint and some magnificent – but they are part of all our lives. Founder of the Railway Heritage Trust, Sir Simon travelled the length and breadth of the country to select his hundred, taking us from Waterloo to Whitby and St Pancras to Stirling.

 

Wednesday October 04 - 06:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Bernard Donoughue and Rachel Reeves: Tales From Westminster£8

Two generations of leading Labour figures give fascinating insights into the workings of Westminster, from the end of WW2 to present day. Lord Donoughue chronicles the path to Blair’s victory in 1997, revealing the process of forming government. Rachel, MP for Leeds West since 2010, tells the story of Yorkshire’s Alice Bacon who defied the odds to be elected Labour MP for Leeds North East in the 1945 General Election and rose through the party, becoming Education Minister with responsibility for the introduction of comprehensive schools.

Thursday October 05 - 12:30 pm
Town Hall

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

Chris Patten£12.50

Lord Patten’s career in public life has been extensive and fascinating. As an MP, he served under three Prime Ministers: Heath, Thatcher and Major. He has been Conservative Party chairman, the last Governor of Hong Kong, chairman of the BBC Trust and Chancellor of Oxford University. Proud to be a ‘wet’, he now reflects on a varied life in long-awaited memoir First Confession.
Sponsored by Towergate Insurance

Friday October 06 - 12:30 pm
Phyllis Court

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

Friday October 06 - 02:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Philippe Sands: In Conversation With John Howell£6

Please note the new date for this event, changed from Thursday October 5 as in the printed programme

An invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukraine set international human rights lawyer Philippe on the trail of his family’s secret history – one that eventually led him halfway across the world, into the Nuremberg trials and incredible acts of wartime bravery. A very personal story, East West Street won the prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize for the best non-fiction writing in the English language. Here, Philippe is joined in conversation with Henley’s MP, John Howell.

Friday October 06 - 04:30 pm
Town Hall

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

Matthew d’Ancona: Post Truth£12.50

The highly respected political journalist investigates how we arrived in the ‘Post-Truth’ era – a time in which the art of the lie and ‘alternative facts’ are so prevalent. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s victory, the rejection of climate change science, the vilification of immigrants… all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts, the former Spectator editor turned Guardian columnist argues. Now, he explains why we must fight back.

Friday October 06 - 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

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

Philip Collins: Speeches that Shape the World£8

In his work as a speechwriter to senior politicians and business leaders around the world, Philip Collins has become well-versed in understanding what it is that makes a speech great. When They Go Low We Go High traces the art and impact of public speaking from Cicero to Obama, via Jefferson, Churchill and many more. The Times columnist and former chief speechwriter to Tony Blair says that the key is content. He is certainly a man worth listening to.

Saturday October 07 - 07:00 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

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

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

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

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

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

Simon Jenkins£10

The former Times editor turned Guardian columnist makes his first appearance at the Festival with much to discuss, both in terms of politics – on which he has been commenting for over 40 years – and his latest book, Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations. Where journeys begin and end, some are quaint and some magnificent – but they are part of all our lives. Founder of the Railway Heritage Trust, Sir Simon travelled the length and breadth of the country to select his hundred, taking us from Waterloo to Whitby and St Pancras to Stirling.

 

Wednesday October 04 - 10/04/2017 06:30 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

Matthew d’Ancona: Post Truth£12.50

The highly respected political journalist investigates how we arrived in the ‘Post-Truth’ era – a time in which the art of the lie and ‘alternative facts’ are so prevalent. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s victory, the rejection of climate change science, the vilification of immigrants… all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts, the former Spectator editor turned Guardian columnist argues. Now, he explains why we must fight back.

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Chris Patten£12.50

Lord Patten’s career in public life has been extensive and fascinating. As an MP, he served under three Prime Ministers: Heath, Thatcher and Major. He has been Conservative Party chairman, the last Governor of Hong Kong, chairman of the BBC Trust and Chancellor of Oxford University. Proud to be a ‘wet’, he now reflects on a varied life in long-awaited memoir First Confession.
Sponsored by Towergate Insurance

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 12:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Roy Hattersley£12.50

A long and distinguished political career has given way to a life dominated by writing for the former deputy leader of the Labour Party. Now, Lord Hattersley turns his attention to the Catholic Church in Britain. The book traces its history from the Reformation, focusing on the lives of Catholics who faced prosecution and persecution but helped the church to survive because of their refusal to compromise. Hear from one of our greatest speakers.

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

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

Philippe Sands: In Conversation With John Howell£6

Please note the new date for this event, changed from Thursday October 5 as in the printed programme

An invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukraine set international human rights lawyer Philippe on the trail of his family’s secret history – one that eventually led him halfway across the world, into the Nuremberg trials and incredible acts of wartime bravery. A very personal story, East West Street won the prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize for the best non-fiction writing in the English language. Here, Philippe is joined in conversation with Henley’s MP, John Howell.

Friday October 06 - 10/06/2017 04:30 pm
Town Hall

Bernard Donoughue and Rachel Reeves: Tales From Westminster£8

Two generations of leading Labour figures give fascinating insights into the workings of Westminster, from the end of WW2 to present day. Lord Donoughue chronicles the path to Blair’s victory in 1997, revealing the process of forming government. Rachel, MP for Leeds West since 2010, tells the story of Yorkshire’s Alice Bacon who defied the odds to be elected Labour MP for Leeds North East in the 1945 General Election and rose through the party, becoming Education Minister with responsibility for the introduction of comprehensive schools.

Thursday October 05 - 10/05/2017 12:30 pm
Town Hall

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

Philip Collins: Speeches that Shape the World£8

In his work as a speechwriter to senior politicians and business leaders around the world, Philip Collins has become well-versed in understanding what it is that makes a speech great. When They Go Low We Go High traces the art and impact of public speaking from Cicero to Obama, via Jefferson, Churchill and many more. The Times columnist and former chief speechwriter to Tony Blair says that the key is content. He is certainly a man worth listening to.

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

Ofra Yeshua-Lyth: Politically Incorrect£6

While Israel claims to be a modern democratic state, journalist Ofra reveals that in matters of birth and death, marriage and divorce, finance and the military, Israel’s rabbis exercise iron control over their government. She fears the country’s demise in the growing tension between Israelis who want to lead modern secular lives, and those who wish to continue in the grip of the rabbis.

Tuesday October 03 - 10/03/2017 08:30 pm
Town Hall

Peter Conradi: Who Lost Russia?£8

During Peter’s six years as foreign correspondent in Moscow, he saw at first-hand the collapse of the USSR in 1991. But instead of the hoped-for peace and co-operation a new Cold War threatens to turn hot once again, with the country making headlines on a daily basis. The Sunday Times foreign editor – whose book The King’s Speech inspired the Oscar-winning film – addresses the failures of understanding on both sides over the past 25 years, and how he hopes we can get relations back on track before it’s too late.
Sponsored by HW Fisher

Monday October 02 - 10/02/2017 04:30 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