ONE of the stars of Woodstock will be appearing at a very different literary festival this autumn — alongside a
ONE of the stars of Woodstock will be appearing at a very different literary festival this autumn — alongside a former England cricket captain, a controversial columnist and a cult novelist.
The Henley Literary Festival has added Graham Nash, David Gower, Liz Jones, Kate Adie and Irvine Welsh to this year’s line-up.
They join previously announced authors including Ann Widdecombe, Giles Coren, Stella Rimington and Robert Harris at venues across the riverside town.
Two-time rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash makes his literary festival debut, having starred at both Woodstock and Live Aid with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
The former Hollies singer will discuss his upcoming autobiography Wild Tales, on the eve of a UK tour that includes three nights at the Royal Albert Hall.
David Gower, currently fronting Sky’s coverage of the Ashes, will appear on the festival’s opening night, followed on October 1 by Irvine Welsh reading from his Trainspotting prequel Skagboys.
Mail On Sunday columnist and Daily Mail fashion editor Liz Jones, in the headlines again following a Twitter row with Rihanna, will make a rare festival appearance to discuss her memoir Girl Least Likely To.
And former BBC news correspondent Kate Adie will talk about the role played by women in the First World War.
Marking October’s Black History Month, television icon Floella Benjamin will describe her journey from arriving in the UK from Trinidad aged three in 1960 to the House of Lords.
TV chef Vivek Singh will share recipes from his Cinnamon Kitchen Cookbook.
“I really believe that this year offers the widest range yet — it’s not often that you can bring together peers from the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem benches in the House of Lords with a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young,” said festival director Sue Ryan.
Other events at the weeklong festival, sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine, include poetry readings on the Thames, writing workshops, a special performance of Pride And Prejudice and children’s events.
The Henley Literary Festival runs from September 30 to October 6. Tickets went on sale to Friends of the Festival yesterday (Friday) and on general sale from Wednesday, July 31 at www. henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk and on 01189 724700 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm). There will be a live box office in Market Place on Saturday, August 3.