SPORTING stars from the worlds of football, rugby and cricket will join Team GB medallists, novelists, bloggers and columnists on the line-up for this year's Henley Literary Festival.

Among the latest names to be announced for the fortnight-long festival are former Liverpool player and Newcastle and England manager Kevin Keegan, who will be discussing his autobiography, along with former British and Irish Lions captain Rob Andrew and ex-England cricketer Chris Lewis.

Rower Vicky Thornley will appear at a special event marking 200 years of the town's renowned Leander Club, while her partner in the 2016 medal-winning double scull, Katherine Grainger, will return to the Festival to chair events with explorer David Hempleman-Adams and BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin.

Novelists newly announced for the Festival include Captain Corelli's Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks and crime writer Vaseem Khan. Nikita Gill, one of the UK's most popular 'Instapoets' with over 400,000 followers on Instragram, will speak at an event around She is Fierce, a new collection of poetry by women, while Lucy Mangan and Scarlett Curtis - columnists for Grazia and Sunday Times Style respectively - will discuss their new books.

Friends of the Festival can buy tickets now, with tickets going on public sale on Monday (23).

Previously confirmed authors include Sebastian Faulks, Pam Ayres, John Simpson, Judith Kerr and Oliver Letwin.

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