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Henley Literary Festival Goes Online This Autumn

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Graham Norton, Joanna Trollope, Damon Hill, Nadiya Hussain and Michael Morpurgo among speakers announced for the September-October event.

Henley Literary Festival is going online this autumn, with over 40 events for adults and children covering fiction, sport, entertainment, politics, history and more delivered right to where you are.

During the originally planned dates of September 26 – October 4 there will be between three and five events every day, with speakers including Graham Norton, Joanna Trollope, Michael Morpurgo, Countdown star Susie Dent and former England rugby international James Haskell. The writers behind several of 2020’s most-talked-about books will be appearing, including I Am Not Your Baby Mother author Candice Brathwaite, Sunday Times foreign correspondent Christina Lamb with Our Bodies Their Battlefield, Rainbow Milk debut novelist Paul Mendez and Women Don’t Owe You Pretty’s Florence Given.

Free events for children include Rob Biddulph with his record-breaking lockdown sensation Draw With Rob, David Baddiel and a Judith Kerr storytelling with Laura & Russell Brand, as well as schools events with Chris Riddell, Leila Rasheed and Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell.

History talks include Andrew Marr, Greg Jenner, Kavita Puri and Peter Snow, columnists include Daniel Finkelstein, Polly Toynbee, Craig Brown and Bryony Gordon, while from the world of entertainment there is Oscar-winning songwriter Don Black, Fern Britton and Jeremy Vine. Also on the line-up are Giovana Fletcher, Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell, National Poetry Day Ambassador Nikita Gill, fashion expert Erica Davies and The Salt Path author Raynor Winn.

In addition there will be pop-up events before and after, starting with Nadiya Hussain on September 3 and also including international bestsellers Lynda La Plante & Jodi Picoult, former US Ambassador Kim Darroch, Kate Humble and Formula One icons Damon Hill & Johnny Herbert.

Henley Literary Festival director Harriet Reed commented: “As we are unable to bring tens of thousands of Festival attendees to our wonderful town this year, we will instead be bringing over 60 brilliant speakers from acorss the country aswell as internationally right into the audience’s homes. We’ve teamed up with world-leading live online events platform Crowdcast so that we can continue to offer the best possible experience for authors and audiences alike. This wouldn’t be possible without our headline sponsor Baillie Gifford.

The full line-up of events and booking information can be found at henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk or by calling 01491 575948.

Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on August 6 and general sale August 11.

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