Judy Murray, Chris Patten, Phil Tufnell & More Join 2017 Henley Literary Festival Line-Up

With a month to go before tickets go on sale, Henley Literary Festival has revealed another 10 events that will take place this October, with speakers including Judy Murray, Chris Patten, June Sarpong, Phil Tufnell and Armando Iannucci.

The Festival, supported by Baillie Gifford, this year has over 150 talks, Q&As and performances for adults and children during the week of October 2nd-8th. Murray will be looking back the journey she and sons Andy and Jamie took from the community tennis courts of Dunblane to Wimbledon and beyond, while Patten will reflect on a career that has included serving under Thatcher and Major, chairing the BBC Trust and being the last governor of Hong Kong.

England cricketer turned Question of Sport star Tufnell makes his first appearance at the Festival as does TV presenter June Sarpong with her much-anticipated book Diversify. Ridge, who presented last week’s election coverage for Sky News, will discuss her book The Women Who Shaped Politics. Stanley Johnson tackles Brexit – an issue on which he differed from his pro-Leave son Boris – in his latest thriller, while Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It and Alan Partridge, reveals his love of classical music. For younger readers a Charlie & Lola event will take place at the Kenton Theatre; the duo’s creator Lauren Child, a Festival speaker in 2015, was last week named Children’s Laureate.

The Festival will also be hosting two proof parties – each featuring three highly regarded new writers and exclusive copies of their books to be published for attendees. The Wildfire proof party will take place on Hobbs’ Hibernia boat while the Faber & Faber one will be at Stonor Park.

Programming director Tom Ryan said: “We are really pleased with what is both our biggest and – we think – best line-up yet, ranging from debut novelists and sports stars to top children’s authors and political figures of all stripes.”

Previously confirmed speakers include Radio 1’s Greg James, Chocolat author Joanne Harris, Jess Phillips MP and Sir Vince Cable, with many more to be announced. Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on July 11 and on general sale on July 17.


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