Norton, Trollope and Hussain join Henley Literary Festival

Norton, Trollope and Hussain join Henley Literary Festival

Graham Norton, Joanna Trollope and Nadiya Hussain are among the speakers joining Henley Literary Festival's online event this autumn.

The annual festival features 40 events for adults and children covering fiction, sport, entertainment, politics, history and more from 26th September to 4th October.

Others making an appearance include Damon Hill, Michael Morpurgo, "Countdown" star Susie Dent and former England rugby player James Haskell. The line-up also features  I Am Not Your Baby Mother (Quercus) author Candice Brathwaite, Sunday Times foreign correspondent Christina Lamb with Our Bodies Their Battlefield (William Collins) and Rainbow Milk (Dialogue) debut novelist Paul Mendez.

Free events for children include Rob Biddulph with his record-breaking lockdown sensation Draw With Rob, David Baddiel and a Judith Kerr storytelling session with Laura and Russell Brand, plus schools events with Chris Riddell, Leila Rasheed and Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell.

In addition there will be pop-up events before and after, starting with Nadiya Hussain on 3rd along with international bestsellers Lynda La Plante, Jodi Picoult, former US Ambassador Kim Darroch and Kate Humble.

Festival director Harriet Reed commented: “As we are unable to bring tens of thousands of festival attendees to our wonderful town this year, we will instead be bringing over 60 brilliant speakers from across the country as well as internationally right into the audience’s homes. We’ve teamed up with world-leading live online events platform Crowdcast so that we can continue to offer the best possible experience for authors and audiences alike. This wouldn’t be possible without our headline sponsor Baillie Gifford.”

The full line-up of events and booking information can be found online or by calling 01491 575948. Tickets go on sale to friends of the festival on 6th August and general sale on 11th August.