Literary Festival Announce First Author for 2020 on World Book Day

To coincide with World Book Day today, The Henley Literary Festival has announced that author Anthony Horowitz, is set to return to the Festival for both an adult and children’s event, this September.

Now in it’s 14th year, the festival will run for 9 days and will feature 170 events with the biggest names in British entertainment, sport and literature, as well as a dedicated schools programme and events for children.

Foyle’s War creator and writer of over 40 books for adults and teens, Anthony Horowitz first came to the festival in 2018, and the festival is delighted to welcome him back to Henley to not only celebrate 20 years of his successful Alex Rider series of teen novels as part of the children’s festival, but also to talk about his latest adult novel, Moonflower Murders.

The Festival also announced that the venues for the 2020 festival have been confirmed as Phyllis Court, the Town Hall, Christ Church and the Hibernia.

Festival Director, Harriet Reed-Ryan said: “Our venues are part of what make the festival unique so we are delighted to be returning to the stunning Phyllis Court, Henley’s historic Town Hall, the community hub Christ Church as well as the wonderful Hibernia Boat. All of these venues help to set the festival apart from the rest and we couldn’t be happier to be working with them again in 2020.”

Also returning will be longstanding sponsor Laithwaite’s Wines, who will be offering festival goers the opportunity to sample and buy from a selection of their finest wines during the festival week.

The Festival welcomes interest from local businesses regarding sponsorship opportunities for 2020. For further information contact Lou Meadows –

The festival will announce the full programme in May and tickets will go on sale in July.


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