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Marlborough Literature Festival

Founded in 2010 by volunteers keen to celebrate fine writing, Marlborough Literature festival is held annually in the last week of September and has evolved into a much admired and popular event.

‘Famous authors and poets have roots in Marlborough so it made sense to establish a festival here. William Golding’s childhood home was on the Green and Siegfried Sassoon and John Betjeman attended Marlborough College. Local author Mavis Cheek was one of the main driving forces behind it.’

The focus is on good writing and supporting the unknown - they rarely feature politicians or celebrities. A more well-known author, The Golding speaker, opens the festival and past speakers have included Louis de Bernieres and Sally Vickers. There are street events, a translation duel and poetry in the pub and gleeful children take part in school events and listen to some of their favourite authors.

‘The best part of the festival is being surprised - you never know what to expect but authors are normal people like us, experiencing the ups and downs of life. I’ve been to talks where I’ve laughed and cried and really connected with the author’s story. The perception can be that literary festivals are highbrow but, that’s not the case at all, they’re really accessible and fun.’

The festival wouldn’t be possible without it’s fabulous sponsors, especially their headline sponsor Brewin Dolphin, and tickets go on sale in July. Don’t miss it!


Our Wiltshire

Marlborough has always had strong literary connections - Nobel prize winner William Golding was brought up in the town and Siegfried Sassoon attended Marlborough College - and the literary festival is a natural follow-up. Marlborough is the perfect setting for our festival - small, intimate and friendly. Authors love coming here. They can enjoy the lovely Wiltshire countryside as well as the delights of the town....

The Marlborough Literature Festival Team

Where to find us

MARLBOROUGH

general@marlboroughlitfest.org

www.marlboroughlitfest.org

MARLBOROUGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2018

Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September

AUTHORS

Golding Speaker: Rose Tremain

Max Hastings, Alan Johnson, Lois Pryce, William Boyd, Kate Mosse, Katie Hickman, Adelle Stripe, Mick Kitson, Chris Cleave

 

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