Sponsors of the 2018 Festival

Sponsorship opportunities are now open for the 2018 Festival. If you are interested in being involved, please email jade@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.


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. 2018 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.


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.

Porsche Centre Reading is proud to have been operating as the Thames Valley’s Approved Porsche Centre for over 25 years, 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, 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 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


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. Their 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 their 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 their lovely hotel rooms, but it really is an exciting time to join.

The Head Partnership Solicitors are proud to be sponsoring eight special events at the 2018 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, personal affairs including wills and estate planning, family law, employment law and dispute resolution.

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


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.


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 their forthcoming 150th year anniversary. 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 Orris Root, with added lemon peel 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 and www.mrhobbsgin.com

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