Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Sarah Hall – Madame Zero

September 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Life with the veneer of civilisation stripped off.

Sarah Hall is not your stereotypical writer. A background in rural Cumbria, a love of both rugby and wild swimming, a preparedness to embrace political issues – just a few aspects that set Sarah apart. For example, few of her urban friends ‘get the countryside’. Aside from an immense talent with words, maybe this refreshing perspective helped secure her a place in Granta’s 20 best young writers of the decade.

Haweswater is a rural tragedy about the disintegration of a community of Cumbrian hill-farmers, The Electric Michelangelo, a biography of a fictional tattoo artist and The Carhullan Army, a science fiction novel set in a repressive, militaristic Britain where fanatics go up into the mountains and use them to their advantage. Her latest collection of short stories, Madame Zero, is published by Faber.

The issue of gender features strongly in her work, and she is comfortable writing about sex, unlike many novelists. She is irritated that male readers don’t read books by women writers, but also finds it a challenge. 

Sarah will be in conversation with Alex Clark, Journalist, Broadcaster, Critic and Artistic Director for Words and Literature at The Bath Festival.


September 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom