Friday, 06 August 2021

Rush on literary festival tickets

THE Henley Literary Festival has achieved record ticket sales with a month to go before this year’s event begins.

THE Henley Literary Festival has achieved record ticket sales with a month to go before this year’s event begins.

So far, more than 12,500 tickets have been sold for author events at various venues.

Among the early sell-outs were Ann Widdecombe, Deborah Moggach and Kate Adie but there are tickets still available for more than 60 talks, interviews and readings, including Peter Snow, Floella Benjamin and Emma Freud.

Henley Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “The literary festival provides such wonderful entertainment, both for the people of Henley and all those who travel here specially, giving the town a real boost.”

Anne Robinson is the latest big name to join the line-up. The Weakest Link host was chosen by former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore to be his interviewer when he talks about the first volume of his biography of Margaret Thatcher.

Festival founder Sue Ryan said: “We thought that this year’s programme was our broadest and strongest yet and the spread of tickets certainly bears that out.

“The variety, ranging from a rock icon like Graham Nash and Olympic heroes Katherine Grainger and James Cracknell to novelists of the stature of Robert Harris and Irvine Welsh, helps us live up to our claim that there is something for everyone.”

The Kenton Theatre will host more than 30 talks including Barry Norman, Philippa Langley and Roy Hattersley as well as schools events.

Kenton managing director Wendy Bowsher said: “The theatre has become a key part of the festival and draws in a large number of sell-out audiences which can only be good for the Kenton. It allows us to show off our theatre to actors like Steven Berkoff, Rupert Everett and, this year, Eleanor Bron.”

Other venues this year include the town hall, Henley library, the Christ Church Centre, the Red Lion Hotel, Bix Manor and the Quince Tree in Stonor.

The River Readings again take place aboard the Hibernia and children’s events will be held at the d:two centre in Market Place and the River and Rowing Musuem.

The festival, now in its seventh year, runs from September 30 to October 6, For more information and tickets, call 0118 972 4700 or visit

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