Henley Literary Festival Announces First Authors


The Henley Literary Festival has announced the first 10 authors for this year’s festival, which takes place from 30th September to 6th October, including Peter Snow, Roy Hattersley and Giles Coren.

Peter Snow, the veteran broadcaster long associated with the election night swingometer, and Lord Hattersley, the former Labour Party Deputy Leader, both make returns to the festival to discuss their new books. Snow has turned his attention to the 1814 British invasion of Washington, while Hattersley gives his account of the Devonshires, following the sold-out appearance by the current Duchess at the festival in 2010.

“This is only the start on what we hope will be a festival to match 2012’s, where we brought almost 100 authors to the town, from Sir John Major to Clare Balding,” commented festival director Sue Ryan. “We’ve got some great new additions this year as well as many old favourites so we hope people will start putting it in their diaries. We’re thrilled that Laithewaite’s have renewed their sponsorship as they are a perfect fit for the festival and allow us to keep ticket prices low”

Authors making their Henley Literary Festival debuts this year include Times columnist and TV presenter Giles Coren, discussing his book How To Eat Out and Major Sir Michael Parker, whose memoir It’s All Going Terribly Wrong recounts his four-decade career of organising royal events.

The popular Crime and Wine strand will return, this year featuring three of the UK’s highest-rated thriller writers: Erin Kelly, Sabine Durrant and Thomas Mogford.petersnow

As ever, history will have a strong presence at the festival, including Caroline Shenton, winner of Political Book of the Year earlier this month for The Day Parliament Burned Down. English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley will be appearing, as will Clare Mulley, biographer of Christine Granville, Britain’s first woman special agent in World War Two.

The Friends of the Festival scheme for 2013 is now open, providing vital support to the festival and giving Friends priority booking and other benefits. More details are available at henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.

Events will be held at venues across the town, including the Kenton Theatre, the Christ Church Centre and, for the first time, the Red Lion, as well as Bix Manor and the ever-popular River Readings aboard the Hibernia.