Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
Tickets go on sale from 11th July.
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Michael Symmons Roberts is one of Britain’s most acclaimed poets. His 2013 collection of poems, Drysalter, won the Costa and Forward Prizes for poetry. And now comes Mancunia, dedicated to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack and to those “Mancunians and others” who offered assistance.Find out more »
The Oldie magazine will be hosting a literary lunch in partnership with Marlborough LitFest on Friday 27 September at Marlborough Golf Club. The £58 ticket includes a three-course lunch with wine, followed by ten minute talks from four speakers: Giles Wood and Mary Killen, Dan Cruikshank and Miranda Seymour.
Booking for this standalone event is directly through The Oldie.
First launched in 1996, The Oldie runs regular, monthly, literary lunches throughout the year, usually at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand and more recently in association with regional arts and literary festivals in the UK.
Learn the art of creating beautiful bindings in this workshop suitable for all skill levels. This two-hour workshop will teach you simple binding techniques and you will create a piece to take home. All materials supplied.Find out more »
Our popular free storytelling events for under 5s are back again this yearFind out more »
Learn the art of creating beautiful bindings in this workshop suitable for all skill levels.
This two-hour workshop will teach you simple binding techniques and you will create a piece to take home. All materials supplied.
Rose Tremain, the festival’s Golding Speaker this year, is a cornerstone of our literary establishment. Novelist and short story writer, she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction. At LitFest she will talk about her new memoir.Find out more »
Our popular free storytelling events for under 5s are back again this year.Find out more »
For 50 years, journalist Max Hastings has been writing fascinating, authoritative works on the major events of the last century. His latest is Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy: 1945-1975Find out more »
Our local rare book expert Chris Gange is once again at Katharine House Gallery to value and discuss your rare and collectable books.Find out more »
Jane Robinson, one of our most eloquent social historians, has trained her academic sights on female suffrage. Her new book, Hearts and Minds focuses on the Suffragists – quietly courageous, ordinary women, 50,000 of whom marched on Hyde Park in 1913 in what became known as The Great Pilgrimage.Find out more »
Ground Work: Writings on People and Places, is an anthology from some of the best-known nature writers who muse on subjects as diverse as the cuckoo, fossil hunting and the watercolour drawings of John Aubrey. It is edited by author, radio producer and birdwatcher Tim Dee.Find out more »
The Society of Authors’ McKitterick Prize is awarded annually to an author over the age of 40 for a debut novel, published or unpublished. This year’s winner, announced in July, will be coming to LitFest to talk about their book with crime writer Abir Mukherjee.Find out more »
Andy Hamilton has spent years researching and writing about gin, wild cocktails, foraging – and beer. Join us in search of the perfect pint - including beer tasting for all the audience with thanks to Three Castles Brewery.Find out more »
For fans of Katie Hickman, travel writer, historian and novelist, the wait is finally over. Her new novel, The House at Bishopsgate, is a richly woven tale of marital secrets and sexual jealousy.Find out more »
William Sieghart is a man on a mission. For the past 20 years, he has been prescribing poems for a wide variety of spiritual ailments as part of The Poetry Pharmacy. A strong dose of Larkin works wonders for anyone fearing death, while a poem on ironing is a surefire cure for those who have lost their zest for life.Find out more »
Debi Evans is well known and cherished in the Marlborough area as a children’s author who writes about the adventures of Rolo the Dog, based on her own beloved Jack Russell terrier.Find out more »
Amy Sackville is a writer of rare talent, an exquisite novelist who has been praised for her luminous prose and sumptuous language. In Painter to the King, her latest – and arguably most ambitious – novel, she has created a literary portrait of Diego Velázquez.Find out more »
Behold, America, is a thought- provoking history of attitudes and ideas in the US between 1900 and 1940 by Sarah Churchwell Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding at the University of London.Find out more »
Names like Passchendaele, Verdun and The Somme are etched into our national consciousness but
the last months of the First World War are often overlooked. Peter Hart, official oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, has pieced together one of history’s greatest endgames in The Last Battle.
Kate Mosse is an international bestselling novelist. Her legion of worldwide fans will be delighted to hear that she has returned to her beloved hilltop town of Carcassonne for her new novel, The Burning Chambers.Find out more »
Leila Aboulela is at the forefront of a new wave of British Muslim writers. Born to an Egyptian mother and a Sudanese father, she currently lives in Aberdeen, after growing up in Khartoum and living in Jakarta, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. Not surprisingly, her work explores global notions of identity and migration.Find out more »
“I longed to be Paul McCartney when I was a teenager,” the former Home, Education and Health Secretary said last year. “I’d mime to his lead vocals, strumming my sister’s old hockey stick.”. After three highly acclaimed memoirs, Alan Johnson's In My Life is a fourth volume which concentrates on his musical influences and memories.Find out more »
Secrets and lies, intrigue and murder; not for nothing has Ruth Ware been compared to Agatha Christie. The Death of Mrs Westaway is one of Ruth's best - a brilliantly plotted, dark thriller.Find out more »
Any Human Heart, An Ice-Cream War, Armadillo, Sweet Caress, Ordinary Thunderstorms, Brazzaville Beach... William Boyd is one of the UK’s best-loved and most prolific novelists. His latest novel, Love is Blind is a story of music and intrigue.Find out more »
A former journalist and documentary-maker, Thomas Harding is a master of investigation. Blood on the Page examines a secret murder trial, held at the Old Bailey in 2009, the first ever closed murder trial in the history of British justice.Find out more »
To mark a decade of writing, actor, author and Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams is bringing his Live Event to Marlborough. A fantastic, fun event for children & families.Find out more »
Do you say ‘bath’ (as in ‘hearth’) or ‘bath’ (as in ‘maths’)? Controversy or controversy? Halifax or ’Alifax? Pronunciation unites people and divides them, gives people joy and infuriates them. Little wonder that the subtitle of David Crystal’s Sounds Appealing is The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation. The book tells us why and how we pronounce words the way we do. Taking in phonetics, linguistics and physiology, Crystal explores the origins of regional accents, how they are influenced by class…Find out more »
Bestselling author Jon Stock will be running a creative writing class about the art of the thriller for students from local schools. Focusing on what makes the reader turn the page, he will look at narrative structure, jeopardy, misdirections and character development.Find out more »
Stig Abell has been director of the Press Complaints Commission, managing editor of The Sun and a presenter on LBC and Radio 4’s Front Row. He is currently editor of The Times Literary Supplement. How Britain Really Works is an entertaining and informative look at British institutions such as the schools' system, the NHS and the military.Find out more »
Adelle Stripe and Mick Kitson are both debut novelists, it is true, but neither is a newcomer to the art of writing. In our Hiscox Debut Authors event you can hear about their books, their writing process, and what publishing a novel has meant to them.Find out more »