A new event has been added to the line-up for this autumn’s Henley Literary Festival, with a BBC podcaster looking at how to get the best out of life while dealing with cancer.
Deborah James, who is local to Henley, will speak at Phyllis Court on Sunday October 7 at 1pm about her book F*** You Cancer: How to face the big C, live your life and still be yourself just days after it is published. After being diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer aged 35 Deborah has built a following of over 30,000 as bowelbabe on Instagram and writes the Things Cancer Made Me Say column for The Sun. At her Henley Literary Festival event she will be joined by the co-hosts of her BBC podcast You, Me & The Big C, 5 Live presenter Rachael Bland and GirlVsCancer blogger Lauren Mahon. A candid but often laughter-filled look at experiences of cancer, the show launched in March of this year and went straight in at number three in the iTunes podcast chat.
As Deborah explains: “Drink more green juices, eat turmeric, walk for three hours a day…Arghh, I wanted to scream, run away and tell every well-meaning person to do one! I wanted hope and I wanted to feel normal, to drink wine, buy nice shoes and go to the pub.”
The additional event comes two weeks after tickets went on sale for 170 talks, Q&As, performances and workshops at the September 29 – October 7 Festival, which has enjoyed its best start yet, with almost 12,000 tickets sold so far. Speakers include Louis de Bernieres, Fearne Cotton, Moeen Ali, Judith Kerr, Michael Crick and Jane Hawking. In addition to Phyllis Court the other venues for the Festival are the Town Hall, the Kenton Theatre, Hobbs’ Hibernia, Christ Church and the Baillie Gifford Festival Hub in Market Place. Brochures are available around Henley at locations including the Bell Bookshop, Henley Library, In the Groove, Scene 1 Take 1 and Oxfam Henley. The full line-up and tickets are available at henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.