The 5th year of the Marlborough Lit Fest begins with the ‘Golding author’ Louis de Bernières

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The Marlborough Lit Fest is back in full swing, celebrating its 5th year promoting writing and literature and bringing world-class writers to the local residents of Marlborough and the surrounding community.

The town hall was packed last night after the sponsors’ party and speeches kicked off the next few days of events. Still as the speeches were being made and glasses chinked downstairs, ticket holders were making their way to the Assembly Rooms at the top of the Town Hall to hear this year’s ‘Golding Author’, Louis de Bernieres  author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, speak about his work and inspirations.

Safe-to-say the event was a sell out and the audience crammed in to the room to hear one of Britain’s most beloved modern authors. De Bernieres read from his new anthology of poetry Imagining Alexandria, as well as a new short story set in the Surrey village he grew up in. Both the poetry and the prose explored themes of love, loss, memory, old age and his love of ancient Greece and Roman civilisation and literature.

The ‘Golding speaker’ is an event the festival holds each year, sponsored by the William Golding estate in honour of Marlborough’s greatest literary son.