Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events

27 – 30 September

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September 2017

Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire

September 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
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£10

Kamila Shamsie believes writers need to take risks and write about the unfamiliar, even if it means not pulling it off entirely. Her latest book is Home Fire and tells the story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty.

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Frank Gardner – Crisis

September 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£12

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Frank Gardner OBE is the BBC’s full time security correspondent as well as a territorial army officer and highly successful author. His first novel, Crisis, was published in 2016 and became an instant bestseller.

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Sarah Hall – Madame Zero

September 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10

Sarah Hall is not your stereotypical writer. A background in rural Cumbria, a love of both rugby and wild swimming, a preparedness to embrace political issues - just a few aspects that set Sarah apart.

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David Mitchell – Short Stories

September 30, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£12

David will read two or three short stories on the subjects of gardens, autism and time’s elasticity. These stories are currently only available in spoken form for the Marlborough LitFest audience. The readings will be followed by Q&A.

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October 2017

Vanessa Lafaye – At First Light

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

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.

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Collectable Book Roadshow

October 1, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Katharine House Gallery, The Parade + Google Map
FREE

Do you have a potentially valuable book? British art dealer and long-established rare book dealer Christopher Gange would love to appraise it for you. Just bring your book(s) along to Katharine House Gallery in The Parade and find out more.

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JS Monroe – Find Me

October 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£10

JS Monroe is the pseudonym of journalist and novelist Jon Stock, who wrote the Daniel Marchant (or ‘Legoland’) trilogy comprising Dead Spy Running, Games Traitors Play and Dirty Little Secret.

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John Boyne – The Heart’s Invisible Furies

October 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£10

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is only Boyne’s second novel about Ireland. However, the Emerald Isle has been on an incredible journey and it’s amazing to think that homosexuality was illegal there little over 25 years ago.

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Poetry In The Pub

October 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Bear, High Street
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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FREE

This year we are asking for poems on the theme of Freedom. We invite all of whatever age to submit poems on this theme. Kayo Chingonyi, who opens LitFest on National Poetry Day, will be joining this session.

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Tim Marshall – Worth Dying For: The Power And Politics Of Flags

October 1, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
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£10

Shot at in Cairo, hit over the head in London, bruised by police in Tehran, arrested by Serbian intelligence, detained in Damascus, declared persona non grata in Croatia, bombed by the RAF in Belgrade and tear-gassed all over the world. All part of the job for Tim Marshall.

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Mahsuda Snaith & Xan Brooks – Hiscox Debut Authors

October 1, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
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£10

Two debut novelists - both included in this year’s prestigious Observer New Faces of Fiction.

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Rare Books

October 1, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Marlborough College, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA United Kingdom
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£10

Marlborough College holds an important and significant collection of rare books and manuscripts ranging in date from the fifteenth century to modern times. There will be an opportunity to examine and handle the book

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Creative Writing Workshop for Adults, with Stephen May.

October 1, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Katharine House Gallery, The Parade + Google Map
£25

Suitable for both shy beginners as well as the more experienced, this fun and stimulating workshop will cover generating plot, structure, dialogue, character development and redrafting as well as giving insights into publishing.

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Francesca Simon – The Monstrous Child

October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
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£5

The Monstrous Child will appeal to anyone over 11 with a taste for the mythological, the gothic or the macabre. It was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and the YA Book Prize.

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Jane Austen – A Performance

October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marlborough College, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA United Kingdom
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£10

LitFest will recreate Jane with drawing-room intimacy on your doorstep here in Marlborough, courtesy of Stephen Siddall (director) and an acclaimed actress.

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Annie Gray – The Greedy Queen

October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
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£10

By the end of her reign Queen Victoria had a 45” waist and was less than 5ft 1” tall - a ‘black blob’. This was not a woman who didn’t like food. This was a woman who really could eat for England, and did, as revealed by Annie Gray in her new book, The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria.

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Laline Paull – The Bees

October 1, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
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£10

The Bees by Laline Paull is the choice for this year’s Big Town Read. The event is a firm favourite at Marlborough LitFest, where the audience discusses a specified book with the author.

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Nikesh Shukla – The Good Immigrant

October 1, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
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£10

Nikesh Shukla has collected and edited this new book of essays by 21 British writers of colour discussing race and immigration in the UK. Some are hilarious, others will make you angry and embarrassed. It was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

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Craig Brown – Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret

October 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marlborough Town Hall, 5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom
£12

In her 1950’s heyday, Princess Margaret was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. Ma’am Darling is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography, and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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September 2018

Michael Symmons Roberts – Poetry

September 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Marlborough College, Bath Road
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA United Kingdom
£10.00

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.

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The Oldie Literary Lunch

September 28 @ 12:00 am
Marlborough Golf Club, The Common
Marlborough, SN8 1DU United Kingdom
£58

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.

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Friday Morning Bookbinding Workshop with Lori Sauer – SOLD OUT

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£25.00

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.

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Storytelling for Under 5s – Friday

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Marlborough Library, 91 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HD United Kingdom
FREE

Our popular free storytelling events for under 5s are back again this year

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Friday Afternoon Bookbinding Workshop with Lori Sauer – SOLD OUT

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
£25.00

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.

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Rose Tremain – Golding Speaker – SOLD OUT

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Assembly Room, Town Hall
£12.00
Picture of Rose Tremain wearing a white suit

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.

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Storytelling for Under 5s – Saturday

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
FREE

Our popular free storytelling events for under 5s are back again this year.

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Max Hastings – Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy – SOLD OUT

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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: 1945-1975

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Collectable Book Roadshow

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Katharine House Gallery, The Parade
FREE

Our local rare book expert Chris Gange is once again at Katharine House Gallery to value and discuss your rare and collectable books.

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Jane Robinson – Hearts and Minds

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, St Marys Church
£10.00

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.

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Tim Dee – Ground Work

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
£10.00

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.

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