13 July 2017

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We're proud sponsors of the Henley Literary Festival, which is now in its 11th year. On Monday, the live box office will open in the Thames Room for Members.  The Festival opened their online bookings to 'Friends of the Festival' only, on Tuesday and saw a record 4,000 tickets sold on the first day! Sue Ryan, the Director of the Festival, Tom Ryan the Festival Programmer, members of the Festival Committee and the box office Sales Team will be in the Thames Room on Monday to meet Members and answer any questions.

On Wednesday 12th July we were pleased to host the 'Friends of Henley Festival' Launch Party in the Riverside Pavilion. Sue Ryan spoke at the event "it’s a year since our last launch and what a year it has been. I’m sure in future years they’ll be authors dissecting the events of 2016 and 2017 at literary festivals but I also feel that tumultuous political events brings with it an appetite for current affairs. In a world of fake news we want to hear what our politicians think and this year’s festival brings to Henley the cleverest of thinkers and the sharpest of minds in our lovely small venues.  It is the intimacy of Henley that tends to make the authors be less guarded and more candid than at any other public event and I think that’s our USP.  I’m really proud of this year’s programme it is about as a broad a subject matter as you can get and thanks to Tom and team for the long list of stars who have agreed to come thanks to his close relationship with the publishers. The children’s festival is stellar too thanks to Jade and Harriet. We’ve got Michael Murpurgo, Greg James, Claire Balding amongst others.”

The Festival has established itself as one of the UK’s biggest book festivals, and the 2017 line up at Phyllis Court Club and other venues across Henley-on-Thames, includes over 150 talks, Q&As, workshops and performances for adults and children. This year the Festival will take place between 2nd - 8th October, and feature bestselling novelists including Paula Hawkins, Roddy Doyle, Katie Fforde, Michael Morpurgo and Joanne Harris alongside speakers from politics, entertainment, sport and more including Russell Brand, Mary Berry, Phil Tufnell, June Sarpong and Chris Patten.

For more information please visit the Henley Literary Festival Website 



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