Litfest Blog

The 5th year of the Marlborough Lit Fest begins with the ‘Golding author’ Louis de Bernières

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The Marlborough Lit Fest is back in full swing, celebrating its 5th year promoting writing and literature and bringing world-class writers to the local residents of Marlborough and the surrounding community. The town hall was packed last night after the sponsors’ party and speeches kicked off the next few days of events. Still as the […]

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Close of Marlborough Literature Festival 2013

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

After a wonderful three days, Marlborough Literature Festival has drawn to a close. Finishing with a great performance by Carol Ann Duffy there have been so many highlights it is hard to single them out. Fay Weldon was witty and sharp, Jeremy Strong was funny and had the longest book-signing queue. Bernardine Evaristo was thought-provoking, […]

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Two exceptional talks from Saturday at the LitFest

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Two of the most anticipated talks of the festival took place earlier today, the first with Bidisha and Selma Dabbagh who discussed their experiences on writing fiction and non-fiction about Palestine. The second with Marina Lewycka who read excerpts from her new novel ‘Various Pets Alive and Dead’ and who answered questions on her writing […]

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The week before LitFest

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Well most of the reading has been done, authors’ travel has been arranged, the Town Hall has been polished (if only), and the last committee meeting has been held. Personally, I am very much looking forward to Marlborough LitFest 2013 and we all hope everyone else is too. Once again we have some amazing ‘names’ […]

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The LitFest 2012 finished until next year…

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

The Marlborough LitFest has had another great year. Ending with the excellent poet Simon Armitage at Marlborough College’s Memorial Hall. The festival this year saw many great writers come and speak in Marlborough this year. Highlights include Sunday night’s Simon Armitage, this year’s Golding speaker – Howard Jacobson, writers Michael Frayn and Iain Banks, and […]

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The First Person and Crime Writing

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

This afternoon we had four authors speaking across two events. The first focused on the use of the first person in a novel, and the second explored the genre of crime fiction. Chaired by our LitFest chairman, Mavis Cheek,  the writers Chris Wakling and Stephen May, both talked about their new novels, where both, coincidentally […]

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The Comedy of Great Writing & The Tragedy of Poor Reading

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Inside Marlborough Town Hall on Friday Night all was right with the world as Howard Jacobson gave a hilariously insightful talk on his life and his writing. It was outside that was the problem. Jacobson decried the state of writing, reading and culture in general. It wasn’t technology that caused him this angst – although […]

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2012 Poetry Cafe

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Crowds have once again assembled in the Court Room of the Town Hall for the annual Poetry Cafe, hosted by the ever-brilliant John Richardson. The first half hour sees Sue Boyle recite two beautifully evocative poems about Italy, followed by Victoria Jinivizian’s autumnal lament dedicated to her late father. The mood was brightened by Colin […]

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Michael Frayn

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The final speaker this evening was the continuously funny Michael Frayn, writer of plays such as Noises Off and of course novels, like his newest offering Skios. Frayn was introduced by one of last year’s speakers the writer Richard T. Kelly, a great author in his own right, who aired how he was constantly impressed […]

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Iain Banks

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The fabulous Iain Banks has just finished speaking upstairs in the Town Hall. The talk was chaired by Daniel Hahn, a obvious fan of the writer, with an appreciation of both his sci-fi and ‘culture’ novels. Banks read and discussed his new book ‘Stonemouth’, which promises to be a hilarious read, Hahn at the start […]

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