Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Famous names unveiled for Literary Festival

TV PRESENTER Kate Humble, former MP David Laws and crime writer Val McDermid are among the latest names signed up to appear at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

TV PRESENTER Kate Humble, former MP David Laws and crime writer Val McDermid are among the latest names signed up to appear at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

They will be joined by historian Lucy Worsley and actor Derek Fowlds for the 10th festival, which runs from September 26 to October 2.

Mr Laws is a former Liberal Democrat MP whose inside story of the coalition government has been making headlines.

Humble, who last appeared at the festival in a 2013, will be talking about the relationship between humans and dogs.

Fowlds will look back on a career that has taken him from Basil Brush to Heartbeat via his memorable role as Bernard in Yes, Minister.

McDermid, whose books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, makes her first appearance at the festival.

There will be about 50 events for children at the festival, including Worsley talking about her first book for older children, Eliza Rose, and a schools event with Guardian children's fiction prize winner Piers Torday.

Agnes Grunwald-Spier, born in the Budapest Ghetto and awarded an MBE in January, will give her personal insight into the Holocaust, while Rick Stroud will tell how a small unit led by Patrick Leigh Fermor kidnapped a German general on the Nazi-occupied island of Crete in 1944.

Programming director Tom Ryan said: “With this being our 10th festival, we’re delighted to be bringing back some old friends like Lucy Worsley and Kate Humble, alongside some of the best new writers in the country.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale in July.



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