A lot goes in to making Midsomer Murders the show that we all know and love. There’s the actors and technical crew, the stunning scenery and locations of Southern Oxfordshire, and the atmospheric music. However, underpinning all of that is the writing. Without the scripts by the shows fabulous writers and amazing characters created by Caroline Graham, the show wouldn’t be the success it is today, or has been for almost two decades.

So, we take a very big interest in the written word, and especially when it comes to our doorstep here in Henley. Which is why we were waiting in anticipation for the news of the 2015 Henley Literary Festival line up. And we weren’t disappointed.

Jane Hawking, whose autobiography Travelling to Infinity has been turned into an Oscar winning film, The Theory of Everything, will be speaking. Broadcaster and raconteur extraordinaire Giles Brandreth will also be there, as will Green MP Caroline Lucas. The UK’s most borrowed adult author M.C. Beaton has also be confimred to appear at the festival.

In total, there will be around 150 talks and interviews across Henley during the festival. People from all walks of life, including politics, sport, entertainment and even children’s events will be coming together between the 28 September and 4 October.

The event is also benefitting from a new sponsor. Investment manager Baillie Gifford has signed up to back the event on a three-year deal. So, it looks like the festival is in safe hands for the next few years at least.

For anyone who appreciates the work of writers and authors everywhere, the festival is a great chance to learn more about the craft and pick up some top tips about how to improve your own literary efforts.