Marlborough Literature Festival
30 September – 2 October 2016

We are committed to celebrating the best in writing. This year there’s lots to interest everyone including history, biography, humour, poetry, politics and prize­winning fiction.

The Marlborough Sonnet Competition

Could you be the Bard of Marlborough? We’re asking you to ‘write back’ in verse to any of Shakespeare’s sonnets. There’s a prize of £100 for each of two categories – under 19s and adult.

Marlborough's 2016 Big Town Read

Back by popular demand, Marlborough LitFest in partnership with The Reading Agency and World Book Night (23 April) have unveiled their ‘Big Town Read’ author for 2016. Following suggestions from local book groups Elizabeth Buchan was eventually chosen with her novel I Can’t Begin to Tell You which appears on this year’s World Book Night list.

Why we believe in paying our Authors

We've always paid our authors, right from the beginning. We believe we should as we're asking them to do a job and they may need to prepare and take time away from writing.