Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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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.Find out more »
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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.
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Two debut novelists - both included in this year’s prestigious Observer New Faces of Fiction.Find out more »
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 bookFind out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
LitFest will recreate Jane with drawing-room intimacy on your doorstep here in Marlborough, courtesy of Stephen Siddall (director) and an acclaimed actress.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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 »