Patrons

Henley Literary Festival is delighted to have patrons – people from various backgrounds who have supported the festival since its inception, appeared at events, or who have helped the festival become established as a highly-rated literary celebration.

  • Emma Freud (pictured at the 2017 Festival with Mary Berry) has worked as a TV presenter for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and as a radio broadcaster on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 4. She is a trustee of Comic Relief, director of Red Nose Day and the script editor for all of her partner Richard Curtis’ films, including Four Weddings and A Funeral, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually.
  • Nansi Diamond is a leading figure in Henley’s theatrical life as a performer, administrator and volunteer. She directed the festival’s much-loved River Readings events between 2007-2014 with skill and panache, and has been a true supporter of the festival in every way since its inception.
  • Daniel Hahn is the author of history book The Tower Menagerie and one of the editors of The Ultimate Book Guide, a series of reading guides for children and teenagers. His translation of The Book of Chameleons won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007, and he chairs a variety of events at the festival year on year.
  • Sir Alastair Horne, distinguished historian and biographer, was a Foreign Correspondent with the Daily Telegraph and has been an inspiration to his local literary festival during regular appearances.
  • Andrew Subramaniam is a partner at chartered accountants, HW Fisher & Company and heads The Authors and Journalists Team, which is dedicated to working with writers and journalists.
  • Donald Trelford, editor of The Observer from 1975 to 1993, is a regular broadcaster and has published books on snooker and cricket, as well as a book on the 1993 Times World Chess Championship in London between Nigel Short and Gary Kasparov, which he co-penned with Daniel King.
  • Simon Williams is one of our best known and highly-regarded actors with a string of television, West End and film successes, who first came to prominence playing James Bellamy in Upstairs Downstairs.

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