Sponsors 2019




Sponsorship opportunities are now open for the 2019 Festival. If you are interested in being involved, please email harriet@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk for more information.


Baillie Gifford continues to be the headline sponsor of Henley Literary Festival for 2018, having supported the festival for many years. The firm is also a major sponsor of other literary events across the UK including the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-FictionMore details of the sponsorship programme, including interviews with authors, articles and competitions, can be found at www.bailliegifford.com/sponsorship.


Through Laithwaite’s Wine, you are plugged directly into a 50-year-old network of 450 or so seriously talented winemakers, making real wines in volumes too small for the pile-em-high retailers. For a few winemakers, wine is just a job. For the most talented, it’s their life’s passion … all they think about. No surprise, these ‘wine nuts’ make the best bottles! But after all that work, they wouldn’t offer their precious bottles to just any trader, not with their family’s name on the label. Personal bonds of trust, in many cases built over decades (thanks to the extraordinary loyalty of Laithwaite’s customers) are vital.

It’s not uncommon for Laithwaite’s to say: “Bring out your best bottles, my boy, remember we bought from your grandad!” Every one of their family of winemakers has a story to share … and a few bottles of something special held back for old friends, like Laithwaite’s customers.

2019 is a big year for Laithwaites … it’s their 50th year and Tony Laithwaite has written a book to help celebrate. No doubt an appearance at the Literary Festival will ensue!


Porsche Centre Reading is proud to have been operating as the Thames Valley’s Approved Porsche Centre for over 30 years, providing the highest levels of service to customers throughout Berkshire, East Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire. Located alongside the Head Office of Porsche Great Britain, their experienced team is dedicated to taking care of all your requirements, making the purchase and ownership of your Porsche the fulfilling and exciting experience you expect it to be. They pride themselves on providing the highest levels of service and expertise through their dedicated team of staff in their sales and service departments, from guiding you through the process of purchasing your new Porsche or Porsche Approved Used Car to maintaining and taking care of your car by our Porsche trained technicians. Their exquisitely presented showroom allows you to discover more about the Porsche model range. To get a real taste for Porsche come and visit the team at Porsche Centre Reading. 

For further information or enquiries, please call 01189 303 911 or email: info@porschereading.co.uk 



The Head Partnership Solicitors are proud to be sponsoring seven special events at the 2019 Henley Literary Festival. From their new additional office in Duke Street, Henley as well as Bell Street, Henley, and Lower Earley in Reading, they offer an informal service, with a high degree of personal attention, adapting and interpreting the formality of the law and legal process to the way their clients think and operate. They have expertise in business services, conveyancing, wills, trusts and estate planning, family law, employment law and dispute resolution.


Gower Cottage Brownies – Winners of the prestigious Observer Food Monthly Award for the Best Welsh Independent Retailer five years running, Gower Cottage Brownies pride themselves on the quality of their product and their customer service. BBC Good Food Magazine declare them “the best brownies we have ever tasted.” So to surprise and delight the special people in your life, forget sending flowers… Say it with Gower Cottage Brownies!


Top 25 accountants HW Fisher & Company has been advising authors for many years, helping them manage their finances in the most efficient way possible. Many authors consider it a burden to have to deal with their financial affairs. By contract it’s what HW Fisher enjoy, they remove this burden and allow authors to concentrate on writing great books.


ITM Audio Visual have over 20 years’ experience of delivering successful live events and providing excellent audio visual support in the heart of the Thames Valley. Whether it’s large or small, national or international, ITM offer first class technical support and customer service.


Dragonfly Tea is a family-owned British tea company with over 100 years’ expertise in sourcing and growing the very finest of teas. From the peaks of China’s Fujian Province to the celebrated tea estates of Darjeeling, the team at Dragonfly travel the globe to bring you the most delicious artisan brews.


Danesfield House – a magnificent country mansion with views over the River Thames. Brimming with history, set in 65 acres of formal gardens between Henley and Marlow on Thames, Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is a delightful country retreat. Perched on a hilltop with expansive views towards the Chiltern Hills, the hotel has an award-winning spa and a superb restaurant with food that is nothing short of a culinary miracle


Harrogate Spring Water – ‘The Original British Bottled Water,’ Harrogate is internationally-renowned as one of the finest still and sparkling spring waters. Awarded ‘Best Sparkling Water in the World,’ Harrogate is recognised not only for its exceptional mineral balance and purity, but also for its distinctive, classically British style. As a responsible manufacturer, Harrogate is committed to sustainable production practices and remains at the forefront of innovation in packaging and recycling. All Harrogate Water products (glass and PET) are 100% recyclable and use at least 50% recycled content sourced from the UK.


Sarah Ducker – “As the festival enters its 13th year, I am so pleased to be involved again, as one of the longest associated sponsors.  This year I am sponsoring the festival as an individual, as I really believe in the event and what it brings to Henley.  Over the years, I have sponsored many authors who have really inspired me.  I always try to choose someone linked with the project I am working on, as an Events Fundraiser and this year I am supporting ‘mental health awareness for Veterans’ and look forward to hearing Charlie Hart and Beth Lynch talking about gardening for grief (which is the event I am sponsoring), Bryony Gordon and many others who will be at the Festival.”

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