Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Strictly’s unlikely star to speak at festival

ANN WIDDECOMBE is the latest name to be confirmed for this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

ANN WIDDECOMBE is the latest name to be confirmed for this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

The former Conservative minister will be discussing her long-awaited autobiography, called Strictly Ann, following her appearance on the 2010 series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

She will arrive at the Kenton Theatre on October 2 straight from the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

She said: “Going from what is bound to be a lively conference to the more serene surroundings of the Henley Literary Festival is an experience I look forward to immensely.”

Three other authors with autobiographical titles will also be making their first appearances at the festival.

Tarquin Olivier, son of Laurence Olivier and Jill Esmond, reflects on growing up in So Who’s Your Mother? as well as on his life and career as a writer and film producer.

In Stumbling Over Truth: The Inside Story of the Sexed-up Dossier, Hutton and the BBC, former Today programme editor Kevin Marsh writes about a controversial period for the BBC and the Blair government.

Henley’s own Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley will be discussing her autobiography, looking back on her highly successful business career and subsequent philanthropy.

The festival 2013, which is sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wines, takes place in venues across the town from September 30 to October 6. For more information, visit www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

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