Marlborough’s third literary festival finishes with poetic flourish

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The third Marlborough LitFest ended on a dramatic high at the weekend with acclaimed poet Simon Armitage captivating a sell-out crowd of students and visitors alike with his unique blend of dry wit and lyrical delivery in the Memorial Hall, Marlborough College.

This year’s LitFest truly had something for everyone, with audiences entertained and inspired in equal measure by both established and new authors. Amongst others, Golding Trust speaker and 2010 Booker Prize winner, Howard Jacobson, playwright and author Michael Frayn and acclaimed Scottish author Iain Banks each presented their own take on the art of contemporary writing. Sell-out events included creative writing classes for adults and teenagers plus the tours of Libanus Press – a local publishing company in the heart of Marlborough.

Mavis Cheek, chairman of the LitFest, said: “This year’s festival surpassed all expectations with both audiences and authors telling us how much they enjoyed the events and how impressed they were with the organisation and friendliness. This is a direct result of the committee’s tireless work throughout the year – only nine people in all and yet they produce this marvellous celebration of all that is best in books. I salute them.”

Local primary schoolchildren participated in Storytelling sessions in the Town Hall; popular children’s author Judith Kerr enchanted children and adults alike at the Theatre on the Hill with anecdotes of writing the classic picture book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ as well as showing an indomitable spirit with her inspirational life story of escaping Nazi Germany as a small child. New teenage fiction author Moira Young gave an enlightened account of writing her (ongoing) Dust Lands trilogy; her audience will be waiting for their red-carpet invitations when her debut novel, ‘Blood Red Road’ is made into a film, hopefully in the next couple of years.

The Marlborough Litfest committee would like to thank founder sponsor ALCS Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, lead sponsor Brewin Dolphin and events sponsors Hiscox Insurance for their continued support as well as new 2012 sponsor, Knight Frank.