Monday, 02 August 2021

Bake Off winner to appear at Literary Festival

A WINNER of the Great British Bake Off will appear at the 10th annual Henley Literary Festival.

A WINNER of the Great British Bake Off will appear at the 10th annual Henley Literary Festival.

Nadiya Hussain is one of 10 new names announced for the September 26 to October 2 festival, which will also feature Gyles Brandreth, Laura Bates, David Owen, Jessie Burton and a Harry Potter event.

Hussain, who was tasked last week with making the Queen’s official birthday cake, will appear with her book Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story, a unique combination of stories and recipes, which will be published in September.

Since winning Bake Off, she has become a food columnist for The Times. By coming to the festival she follows in the footsteps of Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins, who had a sell-out event last year.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Henley for this really special family event and to sharing some of my favourite recipes and stories from Bake Me A Story with the audience.”

Gyles Brandreth comes to Henley for a special afternoon tea event at Hotel du Vin in New Street. His son Benet will also be appearing with a fictionalised look at Shakespeare in Venice.

Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates and former SDP leader Lord Owen both return after sell-out events in 2014.

Novelists will include Jessie Burton, who received international acclaim for The Miniaturist, and Lisa Owens, whose debut Not Working was published to great reviews this month.

For younger readers, a wide range of events will include an interactive Harry Potter event – including a slow-motion Quidditch match – illustrator Clara Vulliamy and a talk with award-winning writer Piers Torday.

Tickets go on sale in July.



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