Interviewers - Henley Literary Festival

Sat 1 Oct - Sun 9 Oct 2022

Sat 1 Oct - Sun 9 Oct 2022


Hannah Beckerman

Hannah worked in television as a producer and commissioning editor for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel USA before becoming a full-time author and journalist. She is a book critic and features writer for a range of publications including the Observer, the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and the Sunday Express, and is a regular chair at literary festivals and publishing events across the UK.

Leah Boleto

Leah is a leading presenter on the BBC Newsround team and a regular reporter for BBC Breakfast. She has also presented for Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport news reports for BBC News at One and the BBC News channel. She is also responsible for creating Wild Five, a mini-series for Newsround in which she searched the country for the UK’s most endangered animals.

Cindy Burrowes

Cindy has been a journalist for over 30 years and for the past ten she has written the editorial for Henley Life Magazine, a bespoke monthly magazine for Henley covering most subjects. She regularly hosts and interviews for Henley Literary Festival events, and for eight years she also ran shows and presented on Regatta Radio specifically for Henley Royal Regatta.

Steph Douglas

Steph left a career in brand and marketing to start thoughtful gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers in 2014. Originally set up as gifts for new mums, the business now caters for many different occasions from birthdays to bereavement and any time someone needs some TLC. Steph regularly writes and talks honestly about motherhood and relationships, believing that we’re all in it together as none of us really knows what we’re doing.

Gerry Foley

Gerry has been a broadcast journalist for more than 35 years. The bulk of his career has been at Westminster. He’s interviewed novelists, comedians, playwrights, mountaineers , philosophers, historians, musicians, palaeontologists, sports stars and fellow broadcasters. The BBC’s John Simpson called him , ‘Prince of Interviewers’.

Katherine Grainger

Dame Katherine Jane Grainger, to give her full title, is a British rower and with five Olympic medals is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. She is a 2012 Summer Olympics gold medallist, four-time Olympic silver medallist and six-time World Champion, and since 2015 she has been chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

Daniel Hahn

Daniel is a writer, editor and translator with some sixty books to his name. Recent books include the translation of Jose´ Eduardo Agualusa’s The Society of Relectant DreamersFormerly the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation Daniel is currently on the board of trustees for the Society of Authors. Daniel is a long standing interviewer for the Henley Literary Festival with 2019 marking his 100th interview.

Jessica Jonzen

Jessica is a journalist and co-founder of online homes and lifestyle magazine The Home Page.  Jessica has been an editor at The Sunday Times; Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion and has written for The Sunday Times Magazine and the paper’s News Review, Home and Travel sections; The Daily Telegraph; Stella and Harrods Magazine.

Cesca Major

Cesca has written three novels – her debut The Silent Hours set during WWII was described as a “moving debut” by Women and Home magazine and The Times called Major “a talent to watch.” Her third novel The Other Girl, to be published by Thomas and Mercer in 2020, is a historical thriller perfect for members of a book club. Cesca also writes feel-good women’s fiction under her pseudonym Rosie Blake.

Andy Miller

Andy is a reader, author and editor of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously, which chronicled an attempt to read 50 of the books he felt he ought to have already read, and was described in The Guardian as “a heroic and amusing attempt to get back to the classics” He is also host of Backlisted, the podcast that gives new life to old books.

Mark Palmer

Mark has written for national newspapers and magazines for more than thirty years. He was formerly with the Daily Telegraph and is now the Travel Editor for the Daily Mail. He is also the author of Clarks: Made to Last, the authorised history of Clarks shoes and The House by the Lake, set in Europe in 1938.

Stephen Robinson

Biographer, journalist and speech writer, Stephen writes for a wide range of publication and clients in the UK and beyond. Feature writer for The Mail, The Spectator and Tatler, Stephen also reviews books for The Sunday Times.

Jon Ryan

Jon worked in national newspapers – the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph – for 35 years as reporter, news editor, features editor and sports editor. He has been involved in the Literary Festival since its inception.

Rosalind Sack

Rosalind is a journalist and co-founder of online homes and lifestyle magazine The Home Page, with fellow Festival interviewer Jessica Jonzen. Rosalind was previously the Editor of the edition magazines portfolio, and has written for national newspapers.

Beverley Turner

Beverley is a regular face on TV and radio and until recently spent five years hosting her own LBC phone-in show. She writes regularly for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Mail and has a monthly column in City Kids. She has also written three books of quite diverse interests – The Pits: The Real World of F1, Touching Distance, and The Happy Birth Book.

Sophie Van Brugen

Sophie van Brugen is an award winning BBC journalist. During her career she has covered a number of breaking news stories from general elections to the Oscars in Hollywood. Sophie is currently working on a podcast series about losing loved ones after she lost her father in early 2020.

Bidisha Mamata

Bidisha Mamata is a journalist, broadcaster, and film maker. She is known for her work with the BBC, The Observer, and the Guardian.

Fern Riddell

Fern Riddell is a cultural historian, specialising in sex, suffrage and entertainment in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She is also the host of the History Channel podcast Not What You Thought.

Lesley Garner

 Former Telegraph and Observer journalist and author of Everything I’ve Ever Done That Worked.

Bryony Gordon

Journalist, author, podcaster and mental health campaigner, Bryony Gordon has written for the Telegraph since 2000 and Sunday Times bestsellers: The Wrong Knickers and Mad Girl. Her podcast series Mad World invites guests to talk candidly about their mental health and previous guests include Prince Harry, Scarlett Curtis, Fry and Dame Stephanie Shirley. She is the founder of Mental Health Mates (a peer support group that now exists across the UK). She has appeared at Henley Literary Festival as an author and interviewer, in conversation with Laura Bates, Fearne Cotton and Melissa Hemsley.

Leah Davis

Leah Davis is a radio broadcaster known for her hosting of Capital Xtra’s Book Club.

Joe Haddow

Producer of the Radio 2 Book Club and host of the Book Off! Podcast. He has previously interviewed David Nicholls, Jojo Moyes, Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee at the festival.

Philip Collins

Writer in chief of The Draft. He is also a contributing editor for The New Statesman and columnist for The Evening Standard.

Daisy Buchanan

Award-winning journalist, Daisy Buchanan, is known for her work in journalism, writing and podcasting. You’re Booked, is an iTunes Number One podcast which explores what authors have on their bookshelves. Daisy was the former Agony Aunt for Grazia and currently writes for numerous publications such as The Guardian, The Times and Marie Claire. Her media appearances include being on Good Morning Britain, Women’s Hour and as a speaker for TEDx. In writing, her non-fiction title, How To Be A Grown Up has been critically acclaimed and her new debut fiction novel Insatiable has recently been published this year. She has interviewed at Henley before, meeting with authors such as Ashley Audrain and Emma Gannon Jane Gordon and Brian Bilston.

Clare Mulley

Award-winning biographer, historian and author of  The Women Who Flew for Hitler, The Spy Who Loved and The Woman Who Saved the Children.

Nick Heyward

Singer-songwriter, former Haircut 100 frontman and Henley resident.

Gaby Huddart

Gaby is Group Editorial Director of Hearst’s Lifestyle & Homes division, and Editor-in-Chief at Good Housekeeping. She has previously interviewed Mel Giedroyc, Ruth Jones and Joanna Lumley at the festival.

Kavita Puri

Kavita Puri is a British journalist, radio broadcaster, and author. Her 2019 book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories is based on her award-winning BBC Radio 4 documentary series of the same name.She has previously interviewed Marina Wheeler for the festival.

John Stapleton

Journalist and former presenter of GMTV, Watchdog and The Time, The Place.

Ayisha Malik

A former publicist at Penguin Random House, turned full-time writer. Ayisha’s debut novel Sofia Khan is not Obliged, and its sequel, The Other Half of Happiness were dubbed as the ‘Muslim Bridget Jones.’ She is also known for ghost-writing Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain’s, adult books. She has interviewed Gill Hornby previously at the festival.

Jo Finney

Consumer Editor/Books Editor of Good Housekeeping. She has interviewed at the festival before, including debut authors Naomi Ishiguro, Neema Shah and Salena Godden.

Sali Hughes

Sali Hughes is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She is the Guardian’s resident beauty columnist and will be at the Festival in 2022 to promote her new book Everything Is Washable.

Ella Dove

Ella Dove is an author, journalist and motivational speaker. She has given several. talks, including for Tedx in 2021. She is currently a columnist for Good Housekeeping, and released her debut novel Five Steps To Happy in 2019.

Krish Kandiah

Krish Kandiah is the founder of Home For Good, an initiative that aims to find loving homes for children and young people in the UK care system. He has also recently founded the Sanctuary Project, which is help Ukrainian refugees get UK sponsors to home them.

Mick Brown

Mick Brown is a journalist known for his contributions to The Daily Telegraph.

Craig Brown

Craig Brown is a satirist and critic, and writes parodies for The Private Eye. He will be interviewing Alan Johnson at this year’s Festival.

Tim Stanley

Tim Stanley is a historian and journalist, contributing to The Daily Telegraph regularly. His most recent book, Whatever Happened to Tradition?: History, Belonging, and the Future of the West, was released in 2021.