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Blog – Gained in Translation or Found in Translation? Which do you prefer? by Mike Polack

Monday, November 13th, 2017

This year’s LitFest innovation, the Translation Duel, engaged, fascinated and entertained its audience. Handed two English translations of a chapter from Gabriel García Márquez’s A Hundred Years of Solitude, we were instantly absorbed in the many decisions that a translator has to make. If the Duel we were promised wasn’t quite as confrontational as we […]

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Blog – What the LitFest means to Marlborough by John Sykes

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

In the eight years since the first Literature Festival, it has matured from small beginnings into a much-anticipated event of substance and reputation which has become an integral part of our cultural calendar. It has kept faith with its founding mantra, the celebration of fine writing, in contrast to many literature festivals which are not […]

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LitFest 2017 – a Feast of Words and Fun

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Thank you to those who came to Marlborough LitFest 2017 – we had an amazing few days and hope that you did too.

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Children dressed as wild things and roaring

What a rumpus….

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Over 270 local primary school children danced and flash mobbed their way through Marlborough on Thursday 28 September to kick off the Marlborough LitFest!

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Blog – Inside the Green Room by Ellen Prockter

Monday, September 25th, 2017

What exactly is a Green Room? Chambers defines it as: ‘n. in a theatre, a room for actors to relax or entertain guests in, etc’. If we substitute authors for actors, that is a reasonable definition of the Marlborough LitFest Green Room. But why Green? Lost in history apparently, although one theory is that it […]

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Blog – The Invention of Angela Carter? by Kate Fry

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Hearing that Edmund Gordon would be at this year’s LitFest with his biography The Invention of Angela Carter, I rushed out to get a copy, because I find the story of Angela Carter completely fascinating.

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Blog – The Inside Life of a Marlborough LitFest Volunteer by Ellen Prockter

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Marlborough LitFest is a charity run by unpaid volunteers. The principal volunteers are the nine members of the organising committee led by Jan Williamson, who, to an outsider like me, appear to be working flat out for most of the year. My involvement with the LitFest began in 2010. I belonged to the same […]

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Blog – Belonging to a Book Club by Natasha Lichter

Friday, August 11th, 2017

If you had to choose between being an author or a reader, what would you be?  My guess is a reader. Having tried to write this blog, I know I’d rather be a reader too.   Sure, we all have something to say, we all have a story to tell, but writing and articulating that story […]

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Blog – The Start Of LitFest by Nick Fogg

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Marlborough Town Councillor and former mayor, Nick Fogg, explains how the Marlborough Literature Festival came into being.

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LitFest Box Office Now Open

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Marlborough LitFest Box Office is now officially open for business for the 28 September – 1 October Festival. Tickets and programme catalogues are available from The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough High Street, Tel: 01672 704001 or Pound Arts Tel: 01249 701628 / 01249 712618 or here.  The full festival programme is available online and this year […]

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