Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Online ticket sales now available, or please call the box office at Pound Arts 01249 701628, or visit the White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough in person (cash or cheque only).

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Francesca Simon – The Monstrous Child

October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Sponsored by St Francis School

If you’re going to punish an angry teenager, don’t make her Queen of the Dead.
Welcome to the Underworld. Not London or Los Angeles, yet still inhabited by dysfunctional families and over-brimming with adolescent rage. Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager… and a goddess.

The Monstrous Child will appeal to anyone over 11 with a taste for the mythological, the gothic or the macabre. It was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and the YA Book Prize.

Francesca is one of the nation’s most popular authors and has written over 50 books for children of all ages. She studied Medieval Studies at Yale and Old and Middle English at Oxford. She is a passionate ambassador for children’s literacy.

Her most successful and irrepressible creation is surely the infamous Horrid Henry, who first appeared in 1994. Memorably illustrated by Tony Ross, he has gone on to conquer the globe. His adventures are published in 27 languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2008, Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman won the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
Children who grew up with Henry may now be ready for Hel.

Suitable for children aged 11+

Tickets £5 per adult and £5 per child 


October 1, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Marlborough Town Hall
5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
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