Baillie Gifford continues to be the headline sponsor of Henley Literary Festival for 2017, having supported the festival for many years. The firm is also a major sponsor of other literary events across the UK. More details of the sponsorship programme, including interviews with authors, articles and competitions, can be found at www.bailliegifford.com/sponsorship.


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. 2017 sees the return of the Dragonfly Short Story competition, which celebrates the rich link between tea and creativity and is proudly run in partnership with Henley Literary Festival.


Laithwaite’s Wine is unique for only selling wines bottled by the producers; because they simply had more flavour, extra character, total authenticity and somehow anyone, even a newcomer to wine, could always taste that quality and goodness. Today, over 48 years on, Laithwaite’s deliver wine to over 700,000 customers. They may be bigger, but they still go ‘direct’ in the same old way, and so keep costs down. They have a huge network of supplier contacts, some now the grandchildren of those we started with. They still only do top-quality, small production wines from producers in every corner of the known wine world. They are still travelling, still searching out the real good wines.

Porsche Centre Reading is proud to have been operating as the Thames Valley’s Approved Porsche Centre for over 20years, providing the highest levels of service to customers throughout Berkshire, East Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire. As Carrera GT specialists and located alongside the Head Office of Porsche Great Britain, our 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. We pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of service and expertise through our dedicated team of staff in our 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. Our exquisitely presented showroom and state-of-the-art aftersales service facility allow 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 eight special events at the 2017 Henley Literary Festival. From their offices in 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, personal affairs including wills and estate planning, family law, employment law and dispute resolution.


Established in 1906, Phyllis Court is a private members club with hotel rooms on the River Thames in Henley. Phyllis Court has excellent facilities, superb cuisines and wines, relaxing riverside accommodation and friendly staff. This elegant Georgian mansion is set in 18 acres of land with lawns sweeping down to the river. The newly refurbished Riverside Pavilion – a Grade II listed building – overlooks the world famous Henley Regatta course. Our private members club in Henley offers over 30 interest groups, including rowing, croquet, jazz, wine tasting and theatre visits. There really is something for everyone. Also scheduled to open in 2018 is our new Fitness Centre with swimming pool, gym, sauna room, exercise studio and treatment rooms. You don’t need to be a member to hold an event at Phyllis Court, book one of our lovely hotel rooms, but it really is an exciting time to join.

The Oratory School is an Independent Catholic Day and Boarding School for Boys ages 11-18. The school has outstanding facilities on a country estate less than 10 miles from Henley. It is a happy supportive community where boys from all backgrounds are welcomed and inspired to learn and grow. The Oratory offers an all-round education and while the focus is on high academic standards the Head Master, Joe Smith, has a clear vision to ensure that each boy fulfils his maximum potential both in and far beyond the classroom, developing his individual talents to the full in a caring and nurturing environment.

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. Regular and loyal customers include Richard Curtis & Emma Freud, The Welsh Rugby Squad, Phill Jupitus and John Barrowman. This year Gower Cottage Brownies were also being served up at Wimbledon! 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.

For more details about the work they do with authors please visit their website https://www.hwfisher.co.uk/sectors/authors-journalists/ or follow them on twitter @HWFWriters

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.

The classic Georgian facade of the old Brakspears Brewery is home to Hotel du Vin Henley. The collection of buildings that encircle the old brewery yard house 43 bedrooms and three private rooms to hold weddings, private events and meetings.


Buster Books, the children’s imprint of independent publisher Michael O’Mara Books, loves to create books for curious and creative children. Their list is brimming with titles to spark the imagination and encourage exploration, to satisfy the keenest of puzzle masters, and, above all, to be enjoyed. Children can learn how beautiful maths can be in Hooray for Hexagons, or delve into the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and ancient beasts in Dinosauria and The Book of Prehistoric Beasts. They can stuck into innovative sticker art with Animetrics and Sticker Studio, or take on Connectrix, a brand new type of puzzle challenge. In June, they are publishing a particularly timely title – My Little Book of Big Freedoms – a special collaboration with Amnesty International and illustrator Chris Riddell. Dive in and have fun.

Freeths Solicitors is South Oxfordshire’s leading law firm with a national reputation for handling personal and commercial matters for a wide range of individuals, businesses, institutions, and third sector organisations. Our clients face complex challenges in various environments and they come to us because they need lawyers that have the experience and expertise to solve problems quickly and successfully. More than half of their partners are acknowledged by the UK’s legal directories as leaders in their field.

A bank that puts customer satisfaction first – For eight years running, Handelsbanken has come top in an independent satisfaction survey for UK personal and business banking customers (EPSI, October 2016). Handelsbanken offer a high quality banking service coupled with a flexible and innovative approach, and direct access to your own dedicated account manager. Starting from a blank canvas we build solutions personally tailored to each customer, with all key decisions made locally. Contact us at your local branch where we would be delighted to talk to you about your goals, long-term plans and how we could support you. handelsbanken.co.uk/henleyonthames or handelsbanken.co.uk/abingdon *

Hartgraph are print specialists; Established in 1984 they have built a reputation for producing high quality lithographic and digital print, on time and on budget. Operating from their purpose-built premises in Amersham, Hartgraph can offer a broad range of print services: business cards and stationery, brochures, packaging, magazines, flyers, leaflets, folders and books.  Their knowledgeable team offer a friendly and professional service, and have provided an exceptional service to the festival year on year.

James Cowper Kreston’s Private Client Tax team, based in the Thames Valley, is committed to protecting and enhancing personal wealth. With far-reaching knowhow and unique specialist skills, they provide the innovation and focus required to find effective solutions for their international and domestic private clients. They believe in strong long term relationships between us and their private clients based on insight, integrity, clear communication and a consistent personal approach. They will help steer you through the financial maze of today’s complicated financial world to help you achieve your aim. Large enough to have the expertise and small enough to give that all important personal service to their clients.
+44 (0)1491 848500  info@jamescowperkreston.co.uk   |  www.jamescowperkreston.co.uk

Hobbs of Henley, one of the longest established pleasure boating companies in the UK, has launched Henley on Thames’s very first premium gin to celebrate nearly 150 years. The name of the Gin is in recognition of the 5 generations of Mr Hobbs’s that have run the family business. Mr Hobbs Gin is made with a blend of botanicals of which some are grown locally and is being created at the renowned Foxdenton distillery in Buckinghamshire. The gin is the inspiration of Jonnie and Suzy Hobbs, the directors of Hobbs of Henley and brings together popular botanicals such as Angelica and Marshmallow, with added lemon peel, Orris Root and Lime Leaf Oil for a modern twist. This combination of flavours has created a luxurious drink that is in keeping with the reputation and brand of Hobbs of Henley. www.hobbsofhenley.com

With five offices, strategically located throughout the South East, Simmons & Sons can provide an excellent service for residential sales, lettings, commercial or rural property.

Event Management and Consultancy Company, SJD Events Limited has been supporting the Literary Festival since it launched in 2007.   In the last few years, they have changed direction and have been working on specific fundraising projects for Combat Stress and Coming Home, the fundraising arm of Haig Housing Trust, both of which are military charities.  Sarah is presently taking some time out and volunteering for Friends of The Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea.

St Helen and St Katharine is a proud supporter of the fabulous Henley Literature Festival. We love literature and are sponsoring Katherine Rundell and Judy Murray for their wise, witty and wonderful words. We offer girls between 9-18 the opportunity to aspire and achieve in the classroom and beyond, to develop the self-belief, confidence and capabilities to empower them for the next chapter in their lives – an approach that sees us consistently ranked in the top 20 UK schools for results. With outstanding facilities, the highest quality teaching and learning and a supportive and caring pastoral culture, girls can make friends, make the most of their unique talents and create their own amazing life stories.

Towergate Insurance have been servicing clients from their Thames Valley base in Henley since 1962. They provide Commercial Insurance and Risk Management Solutions to businesses, big and small and to Private Clients. We appreciate how lucky we are to work from such a delightful location like Henley and we like to do what we can to support local cultural and charitable initiatives that benefit the Town. Towergate are honoured to again be supporting the Literary Festival and wish them every success with their 2017 event


Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is located between Marlow and Henley-on-Thames in Buckinghamshire, just 30 minutes away from central London. This stunning country house is now home to 79 individually and beautifully presented bedrooms and suites, some with traditional luxury and others in a more contemporary style offering extra space over two floors. Spa Illuminata is the luxury spa retreat in the heart of London’s Mayfair where guests discover a warm and welcoming haven of peace and tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Mayfair. An oasis of calm to relax and unwind in complete luxury.

* Handelsbanken is the trading name of Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ). Registered Office: Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ), 3 Thomas More Square, London, E1W 1WY. Registered in England and Wales No, BR 000589. Incorporated in Sweden with limited liability. Registered in Sweden No, 502007-7862. Head Office in Stockholm. Authorised by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) and the Prudential Regulation Authority and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our authorisation and regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulation by the Financial Conduct. Authority are available from us on request.

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