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Unapologetically Authentic: Shahidha Bari, Jessica Huie & Emma Barnett – Smart Works, Reading£12

We are delighted to support this great charity and we’re excited to have them return to the festival for a special panel discussion, Unapologetically Authentic: Redefining Modern Womanhood, featuring academic, writer and BBC Radio 4’s Frontrow presenter Shahidha Bari, Jessica Huie MBE, founder of the award winning JH Public Relations, and one of Britain’s ‘most inspiring entrepreneurs’ according to The Evening Standard, and Emma Barnett, broadcaster, journalist and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter. Interviewed by Samantha Harman.

Proceeds will be donated to Smart Works Reading.

 

Sunday September 29 - 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

You’re Booked Live: Daisy Buchanan & Kate Williams£9

The chart-topping podcast You’re Booked comes to Henley for a special live edition. Each episode sees The Sisterhood author Daisy ask a guest – such as Dolly Alderton, Deborah Moggach or Nikesh Shukla – to guide her through their bookshelves, exploring the stories that had a formative effect on their lives and discovering who the writers we love really are as readers. Daisy is joined here by leading historian and New York Times bestseller Kate, following her sell- out Rival Queens event at last year’s Festival.

Sunday September 29 - 06:30 pm
Town Hall

Michael Joseph Proof Party£12

Michael Joseph – publisher of writers including Jojo Moyes and Stephen Fry
– come aboard the Hibernia with the astonishing authors of two of 2020’s most- anticipated novels. Stephanie Wrobel’s The Recovery of Rose Gold was the subject of an eight-way auction at this year’s London Book Fair and Conviction by Hope Adams is a historical murder mystery. They will be in conversation with Stephanie Cross.

Ticket includes refreshments and two limited edition proofs.

Monday September 30 - 12:00 pm
Hibernia

Clare Mulley & Sonia Purnell: The Women Who Spied£9

The London Library bring together two award-winning biographers to discuss what it took to be a woman at the heart of the war effort. Clare’s The Spy Who Loved is the biography of Britain’s first female special agent of WW2 who single-handedly secured the defection of an entire German garrison. Sonia’s A Women of No Importance is the untold story of the woman with a wooden leg who became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied spy. This event will be chaired by Rick Stroud.

In partnership with The London Library

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Theresa May: The Books That Shaped My Life£14

From stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association to becoming our second female Prime Minister, via a long stint as Home Secretary, the MP for Maidenhead has had an extraordinary life. In this special event she reflects on that and shares for
the first time the books that have inspired her. We know Pride & Prejudice is her desert island book and that she shares our affection of the Bell Bookshop, but what are her other favourites? Find out here at Henley. Interviewed by Katherine Grainger.

Theresa May’s fee and a donation from HLF for this event will go to her chosen charity The MS Society. 

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 02:00 pm
Christ Church

Women in the Archers: Dr Cara Courage & Nicola Headman£9

The Archers are ingrained into British life. The everyday story of country folk has had generations of listeners transfixed and there is no limit to the thirst for knowledge of fans as Dr Cara and Dr Nicola have discovered. Gender, Sex and Gossip in Ambridge: Women in The Archers is their follow-up to Custard, Culverts and Cake: Academics on Life in The Archers which examines portrayals of love, marriage, and motherhood, the power of gossip, mental health and the hard-won right of women to play cricket.

Tuesday October 01 - 10:00 am
Town Hall

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women£14

Who better than Dame Jenni, presenter of Woman’s Hour for over three decades, to give the lie to Thomas Carlyle’s infamous declaration that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men.’ After looking at the women who shaped Britain in her previous book (and sell-out Henley event), she turns her attention to the likes of Marie Curie, Empress Cixi and Frida Kahlo, and other pioneers in arts, science, politics and more. In conversation with Sue Cook.

This event is sponsored by Freeths LLP

Tuesday October 01 - 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Sophia Money-Coutts: What Happens Now?£9

You have to like someone like Sophia whose website clears one thing up about her exotic name when she says ‘An actual person and a writer. Not a made-up character.’ She is in fact a talented journalist – now a Sunday Telegraph columnist and previously features editor at Tatler (what she doesn’t know about modern manners isn’t worth knowing.) Now a successful novelist who has followed her hit debut The Plus One with What Happens Now? Sophia is a smart and funny writer – just ask one of her biggest fans, Jilly Cooper. In conversation with Jessica Jonzen.

Tuesday October 01 - 06:30 pm
Festival Hub

Rachel Felder: Red Lipstick£9

One of New York’s leading fashion influencers comes to Henley to delight
us with a unique book: Red Lipstick, about one of the most iconic shades in make-up. Rachel is a major presence among American beauty editors and her book is jam-packed with informative, entertaining history of the enduring power and allure of red lipstick, little-known facts, quotes, and more than 100 beautiful images.Wearing red lipstick at the event is not compulsory, but equally not discouraged! In conversation with Sophie
van Brugen.

Saturday October 05 - 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Bryony Gordon & Laura Bates: You Got This£7

Two Henley favourites discuss what they’d say to their teenage selves. You Got This is not only the title of Mad Girl author Bryony’s latest bestseller, but a perfect summation of the message she and Everyday Sexism founder want to pass on to young people. Bryony tells teenagers ‘the most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself ’ while Laura has travelled the UK hearing from young girls who have experienced sexist behaviour, with The Burning a fictionalisation of her findings. Interviewed by Sunny Singh. This event is sponsored by Gower Cottage Brownies.

Ages 12+

Saturday October 05 - 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Muddy Stilettos Book Club Live£12

The award-winning lifestyle site Muddy Stilettos is back with lashings of Prosecco, plenty of pizzazz and a panel of brilliant authors. Actress, Celebrity Master Chef winner and Meant to Be author Lisa Faulkner, former deputy editor of Elle and How to be a Gentlewoman author Lotte Jeffs, and Five Steps to Happy debut novelist Ella Dove, will be chatting to Muddy Stilettos’ founder Hero Brown and the site’s books editor and Sunday Telegraph contributor Kerry Potter. Grab your girlfriends and join the conversation.

Saturday October 05 - 08:30 pm
Phyllis Court

D.J. Taylor: Lost Girls£9

Journey back with D.J.Taylor to London of the Blitz and meet Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton and Janetta Parlade. In Lost Girls the lives of these glamorous and bohemian women racing through English literary and artistic life in the 1940s are brilliantly detailed.Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud, one married George Orwell and another became mistress of the King of Egypt and was flogged by him on the steps of the Royal Palace. Dull? Not for a moment.

Sunday October 06 - 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Theresa May: The Books That Shaped My Life£14

From stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association to becoming our second female Prime Minister, via a long stint as Home Secretary, the MP for Maidenhead has had an extraordinary life. In this special event she reflects on that and shares for
the first time the books that have inspired her. We know Pride & Prejudice is her desert island book and that she shares our affection of the Bell Bookshop, but what are her other favourites? Find out here at Henley. Interviewed by Katherine Grainger.

Theresa May’s fee and a donation from HLF for this event will go to her chosen charity The MS Society. 

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 02:00 pm
Christ Church

Clare Mulley & Sonia Purnell: The Women Who Spied£9

The London Library bring together two award-winning biographers to discuss what it took to be a woman at the heart of the war effort. Clare’s The Spy Who Loved is the biography of Britain’s first female special agent of WW2 who single-handedly secured the defection of an entire German garrison. Sonia’s A Women of No Importance is the untold story of the woman with a wooden leg who became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied spy. This event will be chaired by Rick Stroud.

In partnership with The London Library

This event is now sold out. Please contact the box office if you’d like to added to the waiting list. If any tickets become available, an email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list regardless of your place.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Sophia Money-Coutts: What Happens Now?£9

You have to like someone like Sophia whose website clears one thing up about her exotic name when she says ‘An actual person and a writer. Not a made-up character.’ She is in fact a talented journalist – now a Sunday Telegraph columnist and previously features editor at Tatler (what she doesn’t know about modern manners isn’t worth knowing.) Now a successful novelist who has followed her hit debut The Plus One with What Happens Now? Sophia is a smart and funny writer – just ask one of her biggest fans, Jilly Cooper. In conversation with Jessica Jonzen.

Tuesday October 01 - 10/01/2019 06:30 pm
Festival Hub

Rachel Felder: Red Lipstick£9

One of New York’s leading fashion influencers comes to Henley to delight
us with a unique book: Red Lipstick, about one of the most iconic shades in make-up. Rachel is a major presence among American beauty editors and her book is jam-packed with informative, entertaining history of the enduring power and allure of red lipstick, little-known facts, quotes, and more than 100 beautiful images.Wearing red lipstick at the event is not compulsory, but equally not discouraged! In conversation with Sophie
van Brugen.

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Michael Joseph Proof Party£12

Michael Joseph – publisher of writers including Jojo Moyes and Stephen Fry
– come aboard the Hibernia with the astonishing authors of two of 2020’s most- anticipated novels. Stephanie Wrobel’s The Recovery of Rose Gold was the subject of an eight-way auction at this year’s London Book Fair and Conviction by Hope Adams is a historical murder mystery. They will be in conversation with Stephanie Cross.

Ticket includes refreshments and two limited edition proofs.

Monday September 30 - 09/30/2019 12:00 pm
Hibernia

Unapologetically Authentic: Shahidha Bari, Jessica Huie & Emma Barnett – Smart Works, Reading£12

We are delighted to support this great charity and we’re excited to have them return to the festival for a special panel discussion, Unapologetically Authentic: Redefining Modern Womanhood, featuring academic, writer and BBC Radio 4’s Frontrow presenter Shahidha Bari, Jessica Huie MBE, founder of the award winning JH Public Relations, and one of Britain’s ‘most inspiring entrepreneurs’ according to The Evening Standard, and Emma Barnett, broadcaster, journalist and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter. Interviewed by Samantha Harman.

Proceeds will be donated to Smart Works Reading.

 

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 06:30 pm
Phyllis Court

Bryony Gordon & Laura Bates: You Got This£7

Two Henley favourites discuss what they’d say to their teenage selves. You Got This is not only the title of Mad Girl author Bryony’s latest bestseller, but a perfect summation of the message she and Everyday Sexism founder want to pass on to young people. Bryony tells teenagers ‘the most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself ’ while Laura has travelled the UK hearing from young girls who have experienced sexist behaviour, with The Burning a fictionalisation of her findings. Interviewed by Sunny Singh. This event is sponsored by Gower Cottage Brownies.

Ages 12+

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women£14

Who better than Dame Jenni, presenter of Woman’s Hour for over three decades, to give the lie to Thomas Carlyle’s infamous declaration that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men.’ After looking at the women who shaped Britain in her previous book (and sell-out Henley event), she turns her attention to the likes of Marie Curie, Empress Cixi and Frida Kahlo, and other pioneers in arts, science, politics and more. In conversation with Sue Cook.

This event is sponsored by Freeths LLP

Tuesday October 01 - 10/01/2019 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Muddy Stilettos Book Club Live£12

The award-winning lifestyle site Muddy Stilettos is back with lashings of Prosecco, plenty of pizzazz and a panel of brilliant authors. Actress, Celebrity Master Chef winner and Meant to Be author Lisa Faulkner, former deputy editor of Elle and How to be a Gentlewoman author Lotte Jeffs, and Five Steps to Happy debut novelist Ella Dove, will be chatting to Muddy Stilettos’ founder Hero Brown and the site’s books editor and Sunday Telegraph contributor Kerry Potter. Grab your girlfriends and join the conversation.

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 08:30 pm
Phyllis Court

You’re Booked Live: Daisy Buchanan & Kate Williams£9

The chart-topping podcast You’re Booked comes to Henley for a special live edition. Each episode sees The Sisterhood author Daisy ask a guest – such as Dolly Alderton, Deborah Moggach or Nikesh Shukla – to guide her through their bookshelves, exploring the stories that had a formative effect on their lives and discovering who the writers we love really are as readers. Daisy is joined here by leading historian and New York Times bestseller Kate, following her sell- out Rival Queens event at last year’s Festival.

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 06:30 pm
Town Hall

Women in the Archers: Dr Cara Courage & Nicola Headman£9

The Archers are ingrained into British life. The everyday story of country folk has had generations of listeners transfixed and there is no limit to the thirst for knowledge of fans as Dr Cara and Dr Nicola have discovered. Gender, Sex and Gossip in Ambridge: Women in The Archers is their follow-up to Custard, Culverts and Cake: Academics on Life in The Archers which examines portrayals of love, marriage, and motherhood, the power of gossip, mental health and the hard-won right of women to play cricket.

Tuesday October 01 - 10/01/2019 10:00 am
Town Hall

D.J. Taylor: Lost Girls£9

Journey back with D.J.Taylor to London of the Blitz and meet Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton and Janetta Parlade. In Lost Girls the lives of these glamorous and bohemian women racing through English literary and artistic life in the 1940s are brilliantly detailed.Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud, one married George Orwell and another became mistress of the King of Egypt and was flogged by him on the steps of the Royal Palace. Dull? Not for a moment.

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 12:00 pm
Town Hall