Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

See the full programme below or view the brochure.

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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Vanessa Lafaye – At First Light

October 1, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm


A woman of 96 goes home, gets out a gun and shoots dead a wheelchair-bound man older than herself in the middle of a Key West street during a Ku Klux Klan rally. This may sound far fetched, but At First Light is based on historical facts dating back to Florida Keys in 1921 when a white man was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for refusing to cease his relationship with a mixed race brothel keeper.

Vanessa’s debut, Summertime, a huge Richard and Judy Book Club hit, told the interweaving tale of two storms brewing concurrently – one the simmering tensions between white, black and First World War veteran communities, the other the biggest hurricane in US history.

Born in Tallahassee, Vanessa’s childhood was spent mainly in Tampa, Florida. She has subsequently lived in North Carolina, Paris and Oxford, but is now happily settled in Marlborough. After suffering cancer she developed many positives from the experience, such as her new found love of leading Marlborough Community Choir.

Vanessa will be talking about scandals, shame, and secrets and the writing of ‘Inconvenient History’.
There will be free key lime tarts for the first 10 people through the door.

Vanessa Lafaye will be in conversation with Edwina Fogg. Edwina Fogg is a retired teacher. who was Marlborough’s first female Mayor in 2012.



October 1, 2017
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom