Monday, 02 August 2021

First authors confirmed for 10th festival

JUDITH KERR, Ann Widdecombe and Ken Livingstone are among the first authors to be confirmed for 10th Henley Literary Festival later this year

JUDITH KERR, Ann Widdecombe and Ken Livingstone are among the first authors to be confirmed for 10th Henley Literary Festival later this year.

Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, will be making her Henley debut at the age of 93.

Widdecombe will be returning after her 2013 sell-out while Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, will make his first appearance in Boris Johnson’s old constituency the day after the Labour Party conference.

Other speakers will include former Dr Feelgood and Blockheads guitarist Wilko Johnson, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013 so went on tour and is now free of the disease.


Stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe will talk about her first book Animal.

Former soldier Harry Parker, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, will talk about his book, Anatomy of a Soldier.

Local authors include Amanda Jennings, with her latest novel In Her Wake, and Ingrid Seward, with The Queen’s Speech, who will be joined by Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary.

Programming director Tom Ryan said: “After another record year in 2015 we’re delighted to have such a great range of authors on board already, with many more to come.

“I remember seeing Wilko Johnson playing at Henley town hall about 20 years ago so it is great to bring him back.”

The festival takes place from September 26 to October 2.



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