LitFest 2014

Marlborough Literature Festival

25 - 28 September 2014

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Looking forward to the 5th Marlborough Literature Festival

This year’s Literature Festival runs from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September 2014. We are putting the programme together at the moment and we have some wonderful guests already booked.

Dr Rowan Williams

Dr Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams will be giving a talk on the war poets during what will be the centenary of the start of World War I. We are especially thrilled to host him here as Marlborough was the town where Siegfried Sassoon spent his formative years. This former Archbishop of Canterbury has been an outspoken force for justice and fairness in our society, with particularly strong views about the evils of war. He was once arrested for singing psalms as part of a CND protest and more recently expressed his disgust at British policy on Iraq.


Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow is a renowned publisher, critic and biographer whose subjects include Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and William Hogarth. Her latest work, The Pinecone, is about the extraordinary Sarah Losh who built one of the most magical churches in England. Jenny is editorial director of Chatto and Windus and was awarded the OBE in 2007. She has been historical consultant on numerous films and TV dramas including Pride and Prejudice, Cranford and Bleak House.


AC Grayling

AC Grayling

AC Grayling was tutored by two of the twentieth century’s most groundbreaking figures in Philosopy – AJ Ayer and PF Stawson. Now one of our pre-eminent philosophers himself, AC Grayling is also author of thirty books, director of Prospect magazine and founder of New College of the Humanities, the UK’s first independent arts university. He will be the Chair of Judges for next year’s Man Booker Prize, the first time the prize opens to authors from outside the UK.



The Boy with the Top Knot

Launch of the Big Town Read 2014

Marlborough LitFest in partnership with The Reading Agency are giving away copies of Sathnam Sanghera’s first book, The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, as part of World Book Night on 23 April and to launch the LitFest’s ‘Big Town Read’ during its weekend festival in September 25-28.

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