Henley Literary Festival is established as one of the UK’s biggest book festivals. The 2019 festival was our biggest yet with 170 events for adults and children. The line-up included former Prime Minister Theresa May, comedian Paul Merton, cookery legend Mary Berry, England’s greatest batsman Sir Alastair Cook and best-selling authors Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls. Our stellar line-up extended to our fantastic programme for schools and children which included Michael Rosen, Onjali Q. Rauf, Chris Riddell, Konnie Huq and McFly’s Dougie Poynter.
The Festival was launched in 2007 and previous speakers have included John Mortimer, Doreen Lawrence, John Major, Julia Donaldson, Richard E. Grant, Candace Bushnell, John Sentamu, Cressida Cowell and Graham Nash.
Celebrities revealed for the first time the most important children in their lives, in one of the most personal and intimate of exhibitions. The project, by photographer Scarlet Page, and in association with the charity War Child, explores the deep bond that exists between child and carer.
“Dreaming big to me is about believing in yourself and having faith that you can follow your dreams, the passion radiates out in everything you do,” says Scarlet. Like Princess Merida, Scarlet prides herself on following her instincts. “[Merida] listens to her inner voice and follows the path she feels she is meant to explore. She believes in herself and is brave.”