More Big Names Announced for Henley Literary Festival

charles spencer -credit-justin-creedy-smithHenley Literary Festival announces Emma Bridgewater, Earl Spencer, Jojo Moyes, Mark Kermode and Dame Harriet Walter are among the latest names confirmed for this year’s festival, taking place from 29 September to 5 October.

Spencer, who famously took on the royal family in the eulogy for his sister Princess Diana, turns his attention to the men who executed Charles 1 in his upcoming book Killers of the King. Designer Bridgewater will discuss her memoir while Moyes returns with latest bestseller The One Plus One. Walter marks 450 years of Shakespeare with former SDP leader David Owen looks at the long build-up to the First World War.

Britain’s leading film critic Kermode will talk about some of his favourite – and least favourite – movies, while acclaimed music writer Mark Ellen’s Rock Stars Stole My Life! covers everything from playing in a student band with Tony Blair to a calamitous press trip with Rihanna, via hosting TV coverage of Live Aid.

The BBC’s chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym will join Kwasi Kwarteng MP and entrepreneur Margaret Hefferman for a discussion of the financial crisis. They join previously confirmed authors including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Jenny Colgan, Paddy Ashdown, Bonnie Greer and Sir Roger Bannister, with many more to be announced.

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