Sporting Icons Join Writers at Henley Literary Festival

England stars from football, rugby and cricket and Team GB medal-winners will join leading novelists, bloggers, columnists and an Instagram poet at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.  Tickets to 170 events for adults and children at the Festival, supported by Baillie Gifford, go on sale to Friends of the Festival on July 16 and general sale July 23.

Kevin Keegan, who played for Liverpool and Hamburg before managing Newcastle and England, will discuss his autobiography as will former British and Irish Lions captain Rob Andrew and ex-England cricketer Chris Lewis. Rower Vicky Thornley will appear at a special event marking 200 years of the Leander Club, while her partner in the 2016 medal-winning double scull Katherine Grainger returns to the Festival to chair events with explorer David Hempleman-Adams and BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin.

Novelists newly announced for the Festival include Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks and crime writer Vaseem Khan. Nikita Gill, one of the UK’s most popular ‘Instapoets’ with over 400,000 followers on Instragram, will speak at an event around She is Fierce, a new collection of poetry by women, while Lucy Mangan and Scarlett Curtis – columnists for Grazia and Sunday Times Style respectively – will discuss their new books.

Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on Monday (July 16) and then to the general public on July 23. Previously confirmed authors include Sebastian Faulks, Pam Ayres, John Simpson, Judith Kerr and Oliver Letwin. Friends of the Festival also save at Festival partners throughout the year. For more information visit or call 01491 575948.

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