Nick Clegg Joins Literary Festival Line-up

Nick Clegg has been announced as a late addition to this year’s Henley Literary Festival line-up – and a new date has been revealed for Russell Brand’s event.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Clegg will be in conversation with regular Festival chair Daniel Hahn at 10.30am on Wednesday October 4that Phyllis Court Club. He will be discussing his book Politics – which reflects on his time at the heart of the Coaltion Government and outlines his plans for a new central ground political approach – the day before the newly elected Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable speaks at the same venue. Other political events at the October 2-8 Festival include Labour MPs Jess Phillips and Rachel Reeves, former Conservative chair Chris Patten, a Brexit debate with Bonnie Greer and Douglas Carswell, Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on the history of women in British politics andGuardian columnist Polly Toynbee.

Comedian Brand is no longer able to make his previously scheduled event on Friday October 6th, but will now be appearing at the same venue, the Christ Church Centre, on Thursday October 26th at 7.30pm. All original tickets remain valid, with a limited amount of tickets still available to buy.

The news comes as the Festival  – who have cut ticket prices this year – enjoys a record start to sales, with over 11,000 tickets so far representing an increase of 20% year-on-year.

Programming director Tom Ryan said: “We are delighted that one of the key figures of a dramatic decade at Westminster is joining a line-up that already includes the likes of Roddy Doyle, June Sarpong, Chris Bonington and Alison Steadman.”

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