London Press Club board member Robin Esser will look back on over 50 years of working in journalism at this year’s Henley Literary Festival on Sunday October 4.

Daily Mail executive managing editor Esser will be in conversation with Sir Michael Parkinson at the event which takes place at the Thames-side Phyllis Court club at 3pm. He will be discussing his memoir Crusaders in Chains

In a Fleet Street career dating back to his first job as a reporter at the Daily Sketch in 1957, Robin has been a gossip columnist, foreign correspondent, editor of the Sunday Express and executive managing editor of the Daily Mail. The first journalist to interview the Apollo 11 astronauts after they landed on the moon, he was in China the day Saigon fell to the Viet Cong and even ended up as a pen friend of Cherie Blair. He has seen enormous changes in the way that newspapers are produced, their place in society and their power, and is now involved in the fight for the free press. He will be speaking with highly respected TV interviewer Sir Michael, friends since they worked in the National Service press office in the 1950s.

Tickets for the event are £7 and can be booked online or on 01491 575948. The Henley Literary Festival runs from September 28 to October 4 with speakers including Max Mosley, Michael Lynagh, Anita Anand, Charles Clarke, MC Beaton, Ralph Steadman and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.