FORMER Henley MP Michael Heseltine will be returning to the town to speak at this year’s Henley Literary Festival
FORMER Henley MP Michael Heseltine will be returning to the town to speak at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.
Lord Heseltine, who served as deputy prime minister under John Major and defence secretary under Margaret Thatcher, was back in the news last week with his criticism of Boris Johnson, who succeeded him as Henley MP in 2001, in the EU referendum debate.
Alan Johnson, the former Labour home secretary, returns to the festival following his sell-out appearance in 2013.
Other speakers announced this week include comedian Julian Clary, who will be holding a schools event around his new book The Bolds to the Rescue.
T’Pau singer Carol Decker, who lives in Henley, will discuss her autobiography.
Programming director Tom Ryan said: “Lord Heseltine is right up there in terms of iconic Henley figures so we are delighted that he is joining our line-up of novelists, comedians, children’s authors, cooks, musicians and more — with some very exciting additions to be revealed next month.”
The 10th annual festival will take place from September 26 to October 2. Tickets will go on sale in July.