An England cricketer, an iconic novelist, a top TV presenter and the hairdresser to The Beatles are among a host of authors newly confirmed for this October’s Henley Literary Festival.
Moeen Ali – an all-rounder who represents England at all levels of cricket – will be the first current international player to speak at the Festival when he discusses his much-anticipated autobiography.
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh returns to Henley with the latest sequel to his 90s classic, Dead Man’s Trousers. And BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin will discuss her journey from the famous sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.
The 1960s and 1970s will be discussed by military historian Max Hastings (one of the Festival’s most popular speakers with several sell-out talks in the past) who’ll focus on Vietnam before, during and after the war, and by Leslie Cavendish, hairdresser to The Beatles (as well as Shirley Bassey, the Bee Gees, Mary Quant and Graham Nash).
Food writer and campaigner Jack Monroe will be in conversation with broadcaster Emma Freud about Cooking on a Bootstrap, the follow-up to bestseller A Girl Called Jack. And Christie Watson, whose account of her two decades as a nurse The Language of Kindness has just been released to rave reviews, will also be speaking at the festival.
For younger readers, the Henley Children’s Literary Festival will feature around 40 events for children of all ages including Chitra Soundar with baby animal tales from the Indian forest, Hugless Douglas creator David Melling and Supersaurs author Jay Jay Burridge.
Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on Monday 16th July.
Public booking opens on Monday 23rd July.