Friday, 30 July 2021

Olympic champion to speak at festival

AN Olympic champion, several broadcasters and an acclaimed novelist are among the latest names confirmed for this year’s Henley Literary

AN Olympic champion, several broadcasters and an acclaimed novelist are among the latest names confirmed for this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

Rower Katherine Grainger, who won gold at London 2012, will be interviewed about her forthcoming autobiography.

Veteran TV presenter and film critic Barry Norman will make his event debut to discuss his memoir See You in the Morning, as will former Crimewatch host Nick Ross, who was in the headlines recently with his forthright views on crime.

The event welcomes back two of last year’s sell-out speakers in Lucy Worsley, who will discuss her forthcoming BBC series on murder, and the Countess of Carnarvon, with another tale from the real Downton Abbey.

Robert Harris comes to the festival for the first time, just ahead of the publication of his new novel, along with his wife Gill Hornby, who made her novel debut with The Hive.

Deborah Moggach returns with Heartbreak Hotel in the wake of her book being turned into the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Also on the bill is Reginald Perrin creator David Nobbs, who will be reflecting on his best-selling novels and career writing for the likes of the Two Ronnies and Les Dawson.

He said: “I’ll be telling happy stories about working with great funny men and women and sharing disasters as well as talking about my lucky life in far less lovely places than Henley.”

Comedian Miles Jupp will explain how he bluffed his way into the cricket press corps and BBC radio presenter Andy Kershaw will look back on a career that took him from Live Aid to Radio 3.

Authors already confirmed include Giles Coren, Ann Widdecombe and Dan Snow.

Festival director Sue Ryan said: “We have a great mix of returning favourites like Lucy Worsley, Max Hastings and David Blakeley, and new writers like Gill Hornby.”

The festival will take place at venues across Henley from September 30 to October 6. Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Festival on July 18 and on general sale on July 31, including a live box office in Henley Market Place. For more information, visit henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

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