Great British Bake Off judges past and present will join a Booker-winning novelist, leading broadcasters and a former prime minister of Pakistan at this October’s Henley Literary Festival, with tickets on sale next month.
Former GBBO star Mary Berry makes her first appearance at the Festival in the week that her latest book, Household Tips & Tricks, is published, while new judge Prue Leith returns after previous sell-outs with her memoir Relish.
Also coming to Henley for the first time is Commitments author Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize for Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha, who will discuss his career and much-anticipated upcoming novel Smile. Clare Balding, whose 2012 event was the fastest-selling in Festival history, returns for a special family event with her second children’s book, The Racehorse Who Disappeared. Events for younger children will include award-winning authors and illustrators Steve Antony and Rob Biddulph.
The journey to Brexit and its repercussions will be the subject of a debate chaired by Oldie editor Harry Mount and featuring former Conservative-turned-UKIP-turned independent MP Douglas Carswell and Bonnie Greer, while Shaukat Aziz will recount the journey that took him from a banking career to becoming prime minister of Pakistan.
Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine will reveal what he has learned from his listeners over the last 14 years while Radio 4’s Anita Anand will share the story of the world’s most infamous diamond. The Countess of Carnarvon returns after two previous sell-outs with At Home at Highclere, an insight into dramatic historical events at the real-life Downton Abbey, while Penny Junor will discuss her headline-making biography of Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Prevuously confirmed speakers include Russell Brand, Paula Hawkins, Sir Chris Bonington, Michael Morpurgo and Alison Steadman, with more still to be announced. Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on July 11 and on general sale on July 17. For more information visit www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk or call 01491 575 948.