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October 2016
FREE

Under 5s Storytelling

October 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
White Horse Bookshop,

Storyteller Teresa Masterson has delighted young children at previous bookshop readings and will be running two sessions due to anticipated demand.

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SOLD OUT

Libanus Press – SOLD OUT

October 1, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Libanus Press, Silverless Street + Google Map

Sorry - SOLD OUT - but tickets are available for the afternoon event.

Libanus Press specialises in the creation of beautiful editions. The tour of this gem of a publishing house is now a regular event at Marlborough LitFest.

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£5.00

Sarah McIntyre – Book Illustration

October 1, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop,

In this fascinating talk Sarah McIntyre divulges some of the practical and creative skills she uses as a children’s book illustrator and artist including craft tools, materials and technology.

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£8.00

Ben Rawlence – City of Thorns

October 1, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

City of Thorns refers to Dadaab in northern Kenya, the world’s largest refugee camp and ‘city’ whose houses are constructed from mud, thorns and bits of plastic. Over four years Ben Rawlence became a first hand witness to Dadaab - this is the story of nine individuals living at the camp.

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£8.00

Unbound Books – Publishing

October 1, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
St Marys Church Hall, St Marys Church + Google Map

The democratisation of publishing - is it a good thing, or will it dumb down writing? Unbound Books use social media to allow authors to pitch their stories whilst the readers decide which get published.
Together with author Alice Jolly, Unbound Books will explain their approach and why they believe its good for literature.

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£5.00

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre – Children’s event

October 1, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre create enthralling and zany illustrated books for children, their latest being a visual feast with stunning two-colour illustrations on every page.

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£8.00

Betty Trask Award – Alex Christofi

October 1, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
St Marys Church Hall, St Marys Church + Google Map

The winner of the 2016 Betty Trask Prize is debut novelist Alex Christofi from Dorset. His novel Glass, published by Serpent’s Tail, is described as ‘pitch perfect’ and ‘a passionate, rollicking and witty London novel’

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£8.00

Ella Berthoud – Bibliotherapy, The Novel Cure

October 1, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop,

Ella Berthoud’s The Novel Cure is a medical handbook, with a difference. Whether you have a stubbed toe or a severe case of the blues, within its pages you’ll find a cure in the form of a novel to help ease your pain.

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£10.00

Libanus Press

October 1, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Libanus Press, Silverless Street + Google Map

Libanus Press specialises in the creation of beautiful editions. The tour of this gem of a publishing house is now a regular event at Marlborough LitFest.

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£8.00

Ladybird Books for Grown Ups – Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley

October 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St Marys Church Hall, St Marys Church + Google Map

Writers Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris will discuss the idea behind the hilarious Ladybird Books for Adults series and what they say about us today.

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£8.00

Anna Pavord – Landskipping

October 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

Anna Pavord is the author of many highly cherished gardening books and has written extensively for titles including The Observer, Country Living, Elle and The Independent. Anna’s latest book, Landskipping, is about place and how the topography, plant life and landscape define us as both as individuals and as a people.

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CANCELLED

Tahmima Anam – The Bones of Grace

October 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop,

This event has been cancelled.

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£8.00

Harry Parker – Anatomy of a Soldier

October 1, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

Harry Parker’s first novel, Anatomy Of A Soldier, is based on his experiences in Afghanistan during which he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) and eventually lost both legs.

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£8.00

Hiscox Young Authors – Barney Norris and Claire Fuller

October 1, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St Marys Church Hall, St Marys Church + Google Map

Our annual Hiscox Young Authors event allows exciting new writers to discuss their debut novels.

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£8.00

Stephen Kelman – Man on Fire

October 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop,

Inspired by the murder of Damilola Taylor, Stephen's first novel, Pigeon English, was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. His new book is Man on Fire and is set in Bombay.

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£8.00

Tom Bower – Broken Vows

October 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

Tom Bower is an investigative journalist and biographer who takes on the rich, powerful and dangerous, sometimes all three in one. Broken Vows, is the political biography of the year, a dramatic re-evaluation of Tony Blair which disentangles the mystery of an extraordinary politician, and illuminates the ultimate tragedy of power.

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£10.00

James Naughtie – Paris Spring

October 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

As one of the main presenters on Radio 4’s Today Programme James Naughtie interviewed our most famous and infamous public figures for over twenty years.
He is the author of three books including his latest, Paris Spring, which brilliantly recounts the revolutionary spirit of the 1968 student uprisings within the context of a cold war spy thriller.

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£8.00

Simon Cooper – Life of a Chalkstream

October 2, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop,

Few people appreciate that the chalkstream is almost unique to England. Growing up in Hampshire Simon Cooper fell in love with fly fishing and what is the angler’s natural habitat from an early age.

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£8.00

Elisabeth Luard – Squirrel Pie (and Other Stories)

October 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

A contender for the greatest living food writer, Elisabeth Luard has led a fascinating life. Born in London during the Blitz this daughter of a diplomat was a reluctant debutante, yet fell for the ’King of Satire’ Nicholas Luard, pioneer of Private Eye magazine. She was married at twenty one.

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FREE

Reading 21st Century Style

October 2, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop,

What makes for a gripping graphic novel? How do e-books compare with traditional books? Come and hear a panel of St John’s sixth formers share their opinions on literature.

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FREE

Poetry in the Pub

October 2, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Bear, High Street + Google Map

Read your poetry to other poets in the convivial surroundings of The Bear public house.

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£10.00

Peter James – Love You Dead

October 2, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

Peter James is without doubt one of the world’s most successful crime writers and his 28 novels (for which he has won multiple awards) have sold many millions across the globe.

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£20.00

Poetry Workshop for Adults

October 2, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Katharine House Gallery, The Parade + Google Map

Take this wonderful opportunity to improve, or indeed commence, your poetry writing with Sarah Howe.

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SOLD OUT

Rare Books at Marlborough College – SOLD OUT

October 2, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Sorry - SOLD OUT

It was a local secret, until now: Marlborough College holds an important and significant collection of rare books and manuscripts ranging in date from the fifteenth century to modern times.

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CANCELLED

Jessie Burton – The Muse

October 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

This event has been cancelled.

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SOLD OUT

Michael Morpurgo – An Eagle in the Snow – SOLD OUT

October 2, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Theatre on the Hill, St John’s School, Granham Hill
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 4AX United Kingdom
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Sorry - SOLD OUT

The nation’s favourite storyteller and award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo was born in 1943 and is author of 130 books.

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£8.00

Elizabeth Buchan – The Big Town Read

October 2, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

The Big Town Read is a firm favourite at Marlborough LitFest, where the audience discusses a specified book with the author. This year our choice is I Can’t Begin To Tell You by Elizabeth Buchan, reviewed as ‘nerve-jinglingly engrossing’ by the Sunday Times.

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£8.00

Andrew Lownie – Stalin’s Englishman

October 2, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop,

Stalin’s Englishman is the first full length biography of Guy Burgess, member of the ‘Cambridge Five’ spy ring. It has been painstakingly researched through interviews with more than one hundred people who knew him personally.

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SOLD OUT

Simon Russell Beale – Celebrating Shakespeare – SOLD OUT

October 2, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall,

Sorry - SOLD OUT

2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, what better way to celebrate than with perhaps the greatest Shakespearian actor alive today?

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£10.00

Sarah Howe – Festival Finale

October 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Adderley Room, C1, Marlborough College + Google Map

Sarah's first book of poetry Loop of Jade has won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award.

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