Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events

27 – 30 September

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September 2018

Society of Authors – McKitterick Prize 2018

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10.00

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of Authors’ McKitterick Prize is awarded annually to an author over the age of 40 for a debut novel, published or unpublished.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 is Anietie Isong, author of Radio Sunrise, a satire about the author’s home country where he began his career as a journalist with Radio Nigeria.

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Andy Hamilton – The Perfect Pint

September 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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Katie Hickman – The House at Bishopsgate

September 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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William Sieghart – The Poetry Pharmacy

September 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, St Marys Church
£10.00

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.

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Debi Evans – The Adventures of Rolo

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£5.00

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.

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Amy Sackville – Painter to the King

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, St Marys Church
£10.00

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.

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Sarah Churchwell – Behold, America

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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Peter Hart – The Last Battle

September 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, St Marys Church
£10.00

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.

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Kate Mosse – The Burning Chambers

September 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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Leila Aboulela – Elsewhere, Home

September 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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Alan Johnson

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

“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.

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Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs Westaway

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, St Marys Church
£10.00

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.

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William Boyd – Love is Blind

September 29 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Marlborough College Memorial Hall, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire United Kingdom
£12.00

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.

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Thomas Harding – Blood on the Page

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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David Walliams – Live Event for Children – SOLD OUT

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Marlborough College Memorial Hall, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire United Kingdom
£5.00

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.

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David Cyrstal – Sounds Appealing (New Event Added)

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10

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…

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How to Write A Thriller – Creative Writing for Teens

September 30 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Marlborough College, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA United Kingdom
£5.00

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.

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Stig Abell – How Britain Really Works

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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Hiscox Debut Authors – Adelle Stripe and Mick Kitson

September 30 @ 12:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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Poetry in the Pub

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Green Dragon, High Street
FREE

All poets of any age are invited to bring poems about ‘Change’ to the Green Dragon pub for our free open-mic poetry session.

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Lois Pryce – Revolutionary Ride

September 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

Lois Pryce is an adventurer. To be precise, Lois Pryce is an adventurer on a motorbike. The catalyst for Revolutionary Ride was a note left on her bike in London urging her to visit Iran.

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David Crystal – Sounds Appealing – SOLD OUT

September 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10.00

To say that Crystal is an expert on the English language is something of an understatement: he has written more than 100 books on the subject. Now he turns his focus to pronunciation - the way we talk unites people and divides them, gives people joy and infuriates them. The book tells us why and how we pronounce words the way we do.

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Creative Writing Workshop for Adults with Suzannah Dunn

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Katharine House Gallery, The Parade
£25.00

We’re delighted that bestselling author Suzannah Dunn will be running this year’s creative writing workshop for adults. All levels are welcome at this friendly workshop which will draw imaginatively on everyone’s experiences and memories to create new ones on the page.

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Rare Books at Marlborough College

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Marlborough College, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA United Kingdom
£10.00

Don’t miss the chance to see these wonderful ancient books, including some very early bibles. Dr Simon McKeown, Keeper of Rare Books, will present some highlights of the highly regarded Marlborough College collection.

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David Walliams – Live Event for Children – SOLD OUT

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marlborough College Memorial Hall, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire United Kingdom
£5.00

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.

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Aida Edemariam – The Wife’s Tale

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10.00

The Wife’s Tale, is a biography of Aida Edemariam's grandmother, Yetemegnu, who was born in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar and died five years ago aged nearly 100.

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Translation Duel – L’Amant

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

Last year the Litfest held its first ever Translation Duel on the work of Garcia Marquez. The event was packed as the translators battled it out. It will be no different this year when two prize- winning translators, Ros Schwartz and Frank Wynne, debate the literary dilemmas posed by L’Amant by Marguerite Duras

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Miranda Kaufmann – Black Tudors

September 30 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10.00

People with black skins first came to England as slaves, right? Wrong. As Miranda Kaufmann recounts in Black Tudors: The Untold Story, black people were living and working at many levels of society during the 16th and 17th centuries.

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The Big Town Read – Chris Cleave

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

It has to be a book that appeals to as wide an audience as possible: book groups, library users, readers male and female, young and old. And it has to be an author who loves to discuss their work, who is accessible, amenable and who welcomes feedback from their readers. And so – drum roll – after much debate and by popular acclaim, the choice for this year’s Big Town Read was made... Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. Published in…

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The Marlborough Booker

September 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10.00

The Man Booker Prize is probably the most prestigious prize in English literature. This year we celebrate its 50th anniversary and close the festival with a panel discussion of the best Booker winners and an audience vote to decide which novel deserves to be the Marlborough Booker.

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