Day Out to the Henley Literary Festival

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Cambridge Society of Oxfordshire - Day Out to Henley Literary Festival 2 October

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Further to our recent newsletter (click here to read), you can buy tickets from this page to confirm your places for lunch on 2nd October.

The talks we are suggesting are variously at 10.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm and 4.00pm, which may make it difficult for everyone to have lunch at exactly the same time. This is a shame but unavoidable - and it will have to be a quick lunch for those going to talks at both 12.00pm and 2.00pm! We anticipate that some of you will arrive for lunch and then attend two talks in the afternoon, or perhaps two talks in the morning followed by lunch. Lunch will therefore be a 'running buffet' between 12.00 and 2.30pm. Judging by previous years there will also be a few of you who come for lunch and chat but don't actually attend any talks!!

To book your attendance at lunch please buy a ticket from this page and email Felicity Rutland on felicitymrutland@gmail.com to let her know which talks you would like to attend. The ticket you are buying here is for lunch only. Felicity will then check availability and send you details of how to pay for the talks, give you directions and information about parking and directions to my house for lunch, and arrangements for getting you the tickets. Please note that we have only a limited number of tickets reserved, so I would urge you to let me know as soon as possible what you would like, including any I haven’t listed or any that say they are sold out.

Places are reserved for the following authors, with a few details about their topic, the venue and the price:

10.00am - IAIN MACGREGOR - BYGONE BERLIN - Phyllis Court - £9

Checkpoint Charlie, the security gate between East and West Berlin, was an icon of the Cold War and of the city’s troubled recent history. The 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall is a fitting time to reflect on the city – and nation’s – fraught history, as Iain does in Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall & The Most Dangerous Place On Earth. Join Iain, a respected editor and publisher who has worked with Max Hastings and Simon Schama. Interviewed by Jonathan Fenby.

10.00am - PETER FIENNES - AROUND BRITAIN WITH GREAT WRITERS - Town Hall · £9

In each walk a scene, in each journey a story. Beginning with Enid Blyton and her childhood holidays in the Isle of Purbeck, Footnotes saw Peter embark on a unique exploration of Britain, following in the footsteps of writers of all types, from Gerald of Wales to Dickens and Beryl Bainbridge. The former Time Out publisher and nature writer asks how much time has changed us, for better or worse, and whether we are trapped in the past? Interviewed by Stewart Collins.

12.00 noon - STEVE JONES - HERE COMES THE SUN - Town Hall · £9

Professor, Reith Lecturer and one of the leading names in scientific writing, Steve brings his talent of making the complicated comprehensible to Henley with his look at the Sun: how it feeds us, kills us, heals us and makes us what we are. All life and systems on Earth - ecological, biological and physical - depend on our nearest star. He tells how science has changed in his 50 years of work since being rejected by every university in his native Wales. In conversation with Daniel Hahn

12.00 noon - CAROLINE SLOCOCK - MARGARET THATCHER & ME - Phyllis Court · £12

Caroline was the first female private secretary to any British Prime Minister, with a front-row seat for the final 18 months of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. A left-wing feminist, Slocock was no natural ally – and yet she became fascinated by the woman behind the ‘Iron Lady’ façade and by how she dealt with a world dominated by men. She tells the astonishing story of how this era-defining leader was brought down by her closest political allies. In conversation with Stephen Robinson. This event is sponsored by The Burnside Partnership

12.00 noon - MARY CHAMBERLAIN & LARA PRESCOTT - Festival Hub · £9

A fascinating insight into how facts about fiction and vice versa provide wonderful backgrounds for books. In Mary’s The Hidden we discover the secrets and lies of three elderly people in London when a young German woman arrives with a photograph, sparking a tale of wartime occupation. Lara was destined to be drawn to Doctor Zhivago, named after the book’s heroine. Her The Secrets We Kept is a fascinating take on how it became a book that changed history. In conversation with Stephanie Cross.This event is sponsored by HW Fisher

2.00pm - JACK BROWN - NUMBER 10 - Festival Hub · £9

It is the most iconic front door in London, located in a small street off Whitehall but recognised the world over. Jack was appointed Number 10 Downing Street’s first Researcher in Residence and has so far seen three residents in as many years. Lecturer in London Studies at King’s College and now author of No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street, he knows as much as anyone about the history of the home and office of the British Prime Minister. In conversation with Gerry Foley

2.00pm - JOHN CRAVEN - HEADLINES & HEDGEROWS - Phyllis Court · £14

If John seems to have been around all our TV-watching lives, it is because he pretty much has. He presented over 3,000 episodes of Newsround, introducing millions of youngsters to news and current affairs, and has been at the helm of Countryfile for over 30 years. He comes to Henley to look back on his remarkable life and career, from leaving school at 16 to become a journalist, to five decades presenting two iconic BBC programmes. Interviewed by Daniel Hahn. This event is sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors J

2.00pm - DUNCAN HAMILTON - THE AGE OF NEVILLE CARDUS - Town Hall · £9

Of all sports, cricket has arguably inspired the greatest writing. At the forefront was Neville Cardus, whose prose changed sports journalism forever. Duncan, a two-time winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year, tells the story of the lauded writer in The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus. With his disdain for statistics but skill in phrase-making Cardus popularised cricket like no other writer. In conversation with Patrick Collins.

4.00pm - THE COUNTESS OF CARNARVON - THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY - Christ Church · £14

As the much-anticipated feature film of Downton Abbey launches, Lady Carnarvon returns after previous sell-outs at the Festival, to beguile us with festive traditions and recipes from Highclere Castle, the series’ inspiration, where she lives with her husband, the 8th Earl. In Christmas at Highclere she recounts tales of past Christmases, the distinguished guests and the family get-togethers in the grandest and most recognisable of country homes. Interviewed by Lesley Ebbetts

4.00pm - MICHAEL ROSEN - BEAR HUNTS & BEYOND - Phyllis Court · £9

We’ve been on an author hunt, we’ve caught a big one! Michael has written over 140 books for adults and children including We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, The Disappearance of Emile Zola and Chocolate Cake. A Radio 4 regular and former Children’s Laureate, his poetry ranges from silly to sinister and his non-fiction writing from politics to the art of making people laugh. Hear one of our greatest writers and literary performers talk about his career with former Society of Authors chair Daniel Hahn.

4.00pm - MALCOLM ALEXANDER - AN AFRICAN JOURNEY - Festival Hub · £9

When Malcolm was given the photo albums of his ‘crabby’ great-uncle Claude, he could not have imagined it would end up inspiring both a love of Africa and a book, complete with foreword from Archbishop Tutu. Claude’s 21-year stint in Africa as a British officer included serving on the front line in the First World War and receiving the German surrender. A wonderful insight into colonial Africa in Ulendo - the Chichewa word for a journey in the bush. In conversation with Stephen Robinson

For clarity, the cost of lunch is £10.00 per head (including wine/soft drinks) which is what you are purchasing now. Attendance for each talk is separate and payable to Felicity after your correspondence to her directly

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