LitFest Goes Wild

As a literature festival set in a beautiful region of the UK, we’re celebrating the start of summer with four inspirational writers who will be speaking at The White Horse Bookshop on 3 June.

This is a new venture for LitFest, separate from the main festival weekend, and made possible by our lead sponsors, Brewin Dolphin.

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The Big Town Read – Rachel Joyce

October 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Rachel Joyce

The Big Town Read is a firm favourite at Marlborough LitFest, where the audience discusses a chosen book with the author. Rachel Joyce follows in the footsteps of Sathnam Sanghera and Jackie Kay. Her bestselling debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, is our chosen book this year. It tells of one man’s journey across England to save a dying woman. With each chapter depicting a separate encounter there is a delightful nod to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. We strongly recommend book groups and individuals read it in advance.

Rachel Joyce was longlisted for the Man Booker prize for her The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and in 2012 she won the New Writer of The Year award from The National Book Association. The follow-up, The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy, was published at the end of last year. She has written extensively for radio including twenty afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4.

Rachel moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl.


October 3, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Assembly Room, Town Hall