Cricket, Food, History… All Added to the Literary Festival Menu

England cricketer Moeen Ali, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, food writer Jack Monroe, historian Max Hastings, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and Beatles hairdresser Leslie Cavendish are among the latest speakers announced for the September 29 – October 7 festival

Moeen Ali, an all-rounder who represents England at all levels of the game, will be the first current international player to speak at the Festival when he discusses his much-anticipated autobiography. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh returns to Henley with the latest sequel to his 90s classic, Dead Man’s Trousers. BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin will discuss her journey from the famous sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.

The 1960s and 1970s will be discussed by military historian Max Hastings – one of the Festival’s most popular speakers with several sell-out talks in the past – on Vietnam before, during and after the war, and Leslie Cavendish, hairdresser to The Beatles as well as Shirley Bassey, the Bee Gees, Mary Quant and Graham Nash. Food writer and campaigner Jack Monroe will be in conversation with broadcaster Emma Freud about Cooking on a Bootstrap, the follow-up to bestseller A Girl Called Jack. Christie Watson, whose account of her two decades as a nurse The Language of Kindness has just been released to rave reviews, will also be speaking at the festival.

The Festival will feature around 40 events for children of all ages including Chitra Soundar with baby animal tales from the Indian forest, Hugless Douglas creator David Melling and Supersaurs author Jay Jay Burridge.

Tickets to all 170 events will go on sale in July, first to Friends of the Festival then to the general public. Friends of the Festival also save at Festival partners throughout the year. For more information visit or call 01491 575948.


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