Sponsors 2019




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


Headline sponsor Baillie Gifford has supported the Festival since 2011.The firm is a major sponsor of other literary events across the UK including Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. More details of the sponsorship programme, including interviews with authors, articles and competitions, can be found at www.bailliegifford.com/sponsorship.


“In 1969, by complete chance, I took a job washing bottles at a Bordeaux winery. I fell so, so in love with their wonderful world of wine. It was the way the lives of everyone, from the bottle washers upwards, were totally wrapped around not just making wine but making THE BEST wine possible. I wrote home and they said, well then, bring some of that ‘real quality stuff ’. See most of the wine you could buy in the UK at the time was blended in vats
in Britain and there was plenty of deliberate mislabelling going on. So I borrowed a van, drove down, collected my special wines and delivered them.These were wines from growers I knew personally, with real stories.Things went so well that winemakers across Europe began offering me their wines. So my girlfriend and I opened our first premises … under a railway arch. 50 years later we (now married, three sons, grandkids and all) have over 400,000 excellent customers … but we still work in a very similar way, knowing personally all our 450 winemakers around the world and knowing – thanks to technology – the likes and dislikes of every customer. Wine, done right, really is such a personal thing; it’s best that way.” https://www.laithwaites.co.uk/

Phyllis Court was founded in 1906 as a private members’ club with hotel rooms on the River Thames and has welcomed many distinguished visitors over the years. Set in 18 acres, with lawns sweeping down to the River, it offers a unique blend of traditional elegance and modern comforts.The Club enjoys a priviledged position overlooking the finish line of the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta course.  Members enjoy an enhanced social life, access to other prestigious Clubs around the world, a variety of events, over 30 clubs and societies and use of the new state-of-the-art Fitness Centre. The facility has a swimming pool, gym, sanarium, exercise studio, treatment rooms and café. The Club isn’t reserved just for Members. Guests may enjoy a corporate box at Henley Royal Regatta, stay in one of the well-appointed bedrooms or hold a private event in one of the function rooms.There are in fact five versatile function rooms which can cater for up to 300 people for weddings, meetings or special occasions. https://www.phylliscourt.co.uk/

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 



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


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. Regular and loyal customers include Richard Curtis & Emma Freud,The Welsh Rugby Squad, Phill Jupitus and John Barrowman, and they are also served up every year 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! https://www.gowercottagebrownies.co.uk/

Top 25 accountants HW Fisher & Company has been advising authors for many years, helping them manage their finances in the most efficient way possible. Due to the nature of creative work, HW Fisher & Company recognise that many of our clients have fluctuating finances. If you’re in this position, they can help manage your financial expectations and advise on how to remain financially stable. For more details about the work they do with authors please contact Andrew Subramaniam on asubs@hwfisher.co.uk or follow them on twitter @HWFWriters


ITM Event Production is known throughout the Thames Valley, across London, Europe and beyond for producing highly professional events, large and small. In fact today, most of our business comes from existing clients and their referrals, so it’s good to know people remember us when they need trusted, technical production experts with an eye for innovation and a passion for thinking like clients. Established over 30 years, the experience behind them and a team of highly skilled, friendly people, you can be assured that your event or production will be in good hands. But that’s not all. ITM also runs a full AV equipment hire service to help you make any meeting or in-house event more successful and engaging by bringing in the right equipment just when you need it. To find out more, get in touch with us for a chat 0118 977 5977


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.



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.



The Burnside Partnership is a law firm offering technically outstanding advice from expert Wills, trust, charity and tax Solicitors and advisers who are sensitive to our clients’ needs and take the time to understand their individual circumstances and priorities. Their clients receive clear, straightforward advice which allows them to put in place the best arrangements for them, their families and, where appropriate, any philanthropic causes. They are the modern version of the “family Solicitor”, for some clients offering ongoing support and assistance and often working with different generations of the same family. For other clients, they are here to provide one-off, bespoke advice.  They advise clients in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, London, neighbouring counties and further afield. They see their clients at their offices in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and at the Blenheim Palace Sawmills near Woodstock, Oxfordshire. In addition, a number of their lawyers spend one day a week or more in London meeting clients and advisers. When required, they will visit clients at their home or place of work. Contact them at their Marlow office on 01628 951262 or at their Oxford office on 01865 954439.


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.”

Leading national law firm, Freeths Solicitors, is a full service, top 50 law firm with 13 offices across the UK.  When you have a lot at stake; business growth, personal reputation, family and wealth, you need experienced and qualified lawyers to look after your affairs. This is where they excel.  They pride themselves on understanding your needs, doing the right thing, building trust and most importantly delivering the results you want.  Due to their client centric service, experience and expertise, they are consistently ranked in the top tiers of The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories.  They are also ranked 57th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for Work for. 

“Freeths LLP is known for its ‘great efficiency and quick answers’ and for being ‘one of the most reactive and effective firms in the UK’.” The Legal 500. 

If you would like to find out more information, please visit www.freeths.co.uk.

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.


Nestled within the Victorian heart of the historic riverside community of Henley-on-Thames, Laureate Gardens is an exquisite collection of 34 highly desirable, two and three bedroom homes. Hidden from the outside world, a few minutes’ walk from Henley’s vibrant town centre and excellent amenities, these new homes are highly individual in design and benefit from beautifully landscaped courtyards gardens and balconies. 
Laureate Gardens offers an inspirational life of luxury that endorses an effortless and balanced lifestyle, exclusively for the over 55s.

To discover more please visit laureategardens.co.uk

Lambrook is a leading independent day and boarding School for boys and girls aged between 3 and 13, set in 52 acres of Berkshire Countryside. Since 1860, Lambrook has been laying the foundations for its pupils’ futures. Children have one opportunity for an education which will form the basis of their lives and, at the same time, one childhood; Lambrook aims to keep a happy balance between the two. During their time with us, we give our pupils the ‘Feathers to Fly’ so that when they leave us, they will spread their wings and take flight, leaving Lambrook as confident, happy, engaging, mature and thoughtful young adults.


The London Library is one of the world’s great lending libraries. An extraordinary history, a vast borrowing collection and an outstanding building make this a unique place to think, to write and to be inspired. Our collection contains over one million books and periodicals, almost all of which can be borrowed, plus extensive online resources including JSTOR, periodicals, databases and newspapers which can be accessed anywhere in the world.

Inside the Library there’s a vast labyrinth of books, hidden corners and beautiful working spaces, from elegant reading rooms to atmospheric bookstacks. We are a unique literary oasis and we’ve been at the heart of literature for over 175 years, with numerous well known members from Charles Dickens to TS Eliot, Virginia Woolf to Sarah Waters.

Membership starts from less than £23 a month, now with Remote and Associate membership available.


Mr Hobbs Gin is brought to you by the family pleasure boating business, Hobbs of Henley, who give you the most enjoyable way to “mess about on the river’’. Hobbs is a Henley institution, inextricably linked with our genteel Oxfordshire town and steeped in almost 150 years of history. Jonnie and Suzy Hobbs launched their ‘Highly-Spirited’ Mr Hobbs Gin back in 2017, distilled from only the most refined ingredients, the gin is in keeping with the reputation and brand of Hobbs of Henley, and is a unique extension of the Hobbs’ family business. Since launching their signature serve back in 2017, they have brought out their delightful fruit flavoured gin liqueurs in Rhubarb & Ginger and Raspberry & Elderflower- perfectly paired with prosecco. Today they are very proud to share their cherished family tipples with you and raise a glass to their Henley heritage.


Penningtons Manches Cooper is a top 50 UK law firm with offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford, Reading and a growing overseas network stretching from Asia to America including Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco.. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, the firm’s main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family. Its multi-disciplinary teams are active in a variety of industry sectors, including private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Its lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. The firm is the founder member of the European Law Group, an association of European law firms, and a member of Multilaw, an association of 73 firms in 60 countries worldwide. 

Shanly Foundation primarily supports good causes predominantly within North London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, West Sussex and parts of Surrey and Hampshire. From time to time we also lend support to national and international organisations. Since 1969 the Shanly Group and Shanly Foundation have contributed in excess of £20 million to those in need of a helping hand, from youth clubs, schools and woodland projects to centres for adults with physical and learning disabilities. Shanly Foundation is funded entirely from the discretionary distribution of profits made by the companies that make up the Shanly Group; Shanly Homes, Shanly Partnership Homes and Sorbon Estates.

Simmons & Sons was first established in 1802 and since then we have grown in expertise to provide knowledge and give professional advice on Residential Sales and Lettings, Commercial property, Development, New Homes and Rural and Agricultural property within a wide radius of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire. We have offices in the historic centres of Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Basingstoke and Sherfield-on-Loddon with an additional office on the Peper Harow Estate near Guildford. As members of both ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark, RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and CAAV (the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers) we follow strict guidelines both to protect our Clients and to encourage and maintain the highest industry standards. www.simmonsandsons.com

St Helen and St Katharine is a proud supporter of the Henley Literary Festival. In previous years we have been delighted to sponsor acclaimed authors and campaigners such as Judith Kerr, Katherine Rundell, Judy Murray and Helena Kennedy. St Helen’s is a school for bright girls with enquiring minds, a place where success is celebrated but not revered. Our aim is to ensure that every student achieves success as she defines it, so that she can believe in herself, her talents and abilities. Our outstanding academic record makes us one of the leading girls’ schools in the country, combining with a wide-ranging extracurricular programme, nurturing pastoral support and an atmosphere of energy and happiness to create a school which offers girls and young women something truly special.


Towergate Insurance Brokers, Henley, are proud to sponsor & wish Henley Literary festival every success in 2019. As one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers and risk management advisors, we arrange specialist commercial and private client insurance. Our range of expertise and tailored products include:
• Commercial risks including Liability and Fleets
• Professional Indemnity and Cyber covers
• Property Owners/Let Property
• Hotels, Pubs and Restaurants
• High Value Private Buildings and Contents
• Holiday Homes (world-wide)
• Yachts and Pleasure Craft

We also offer Private Clients insurances for individuals and families, as well as Health & Employee Benefits solutions for both individuals and Commercial Clients. We are a National Broker with a Local Service. To discuss your insurance requirements, please call: 01491 573966 or email: henley@towergate.co.uk Towergate Insurance Brokers, Videcom House, Newtown Road, Henley-on Thames RG9 1HG. www.towergate.com


Henley Town Council

We are grateful to the Town Council for their support in allowing us to use the Town Hall and Falaise Square, giving residents and visitors a chance to enjoy the historic and beautiful building.


Mental Health Mates

Mental Health Mates is a network of peer support groups, run by people with mental health issues, who meet regularly to walk and talk without fear or judgement. You do not have to have a diagnosed mental health issue to join their walks – everyone has mental health and they are there for everyone.


Smart Works Reading has been operating for four years and has supported over 1,200 women. The charity helps women from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire every year, helping them to feel confident, look fabulous, succeed at their job interview and move on with their life. Over 60% of clients who have visited Smart Works Reading go on to get the job.

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