Dermot O’Leary Returns to Literary Festival

As the Henley Literary Festival celebrates reaching the 15,000 ticket sale total in record time they also welcome back one of the biggest names in television for a pop-up event on 24 November.

Dermot O’Leary is one of our best loved broadcasters from X Factor and Radio2 and he is coming to talk about his book Toto the Ninja Cat and the Superstar Catastrophe.

It’s the third he has written for animal-loving children and is based on a real cat – and his brother Silver – who were rescued by Dermot and his wife. A real bonus will be that the famous artist Nick East who illustrates Dermot’s tales will be coming along so that children can learn to draw the incredible Toto. Dermot has appeared at Henley before, he was a sell-our success two years ago. Dermot will be appearing at Phyllis Court and will be right in the middle of X Factor. Festival organiser Harriet Reed-Ryan said: “We are thrilled that Dermot is coming back to Henley. He is a real star and we are delighted he has found the time to come back and join us again.”

This comes as the festival announce their record sales. In just five weeks they have sold over 15,000 tickets for the nine days at the end of September. Events during the week include Kate Atkinson, Mary Berry, Alastair Cook, Theresa May, Michael Rosen in their 170 event line up. “The tickets for all our events are selling really well and we are thrilled that everyone has given us such great support. We still have a lot of tickets left though so we have to keep up the pace!” added Harriet.

Another pop-up visitor to Henley will be Nadiya Hussain who is coming on October 12 just days after the official festival ends.

This year’s festival, the 13th, starts on September 28 and runs through to October 6. Tickets for Dermot O’Leary’s event go on sale 23 August  at 10am To book go to or call the box office on 01491 575948.


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