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2015 Golding Speaker Announced for Marlborough LitFest

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Salley Vickers will be headlining the first night of Marlborough LitFest 2015 as this year’s Golding Speaker. The LitFest hosts an annual Golding Speaker to highlight Marlborough’s long connection with the Nobel Laureate and Booker Prize winner, William Golding, at an event sponsored by the William Golding estate. Past Golding Speakers have included Louis de Bernières, Fay Weldon and Harold Jacobson.

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Catalogues and Cats

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

It’s a hub of excitement and fevered, knitted brows at LitFest HQ in Marlborough as the committee gets down to writing copy for the programme catalogue.

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Competitions for under 8s and 8-11 year olds

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Illustration and Writing Competitions Ian Whybrow is coming to talk at this year’s Marlborough Literature Festival. Win two tickets to come and see him on Saturday 3rd October – the winners will also be presented with a book token.           Under 8 year olds: Ian Whybrow is well known for his […]

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May 2015 – The year is flying by…

Monday, May 18th, 2015

So the year is flying by and here on the LitFest Committee we have been elbow deep in books, wading our way through ideas for authors to approach for this year’s Festival in October. Although the hard work actually starts back in November when we bring together ideas of all the authors we’d love to […]

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Press Release May 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Confirmed authors announced for the 2015 Marlborough LitFest include Alexander McCall Smith, Andrew O’Hagan, Adam Thorpe, John Crace and Jasper Fforde – joining award-winning novelist and poet Helen Dunmore, historical biographer and novelist Alison Weir and the broadcaster, arts critic, novelist and human rights journalist, Bidisha amongst others.

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Writing Competition for children under 15

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The 2015 children’s short story writing competition has been announced. Aimed at under 15s, the challenge is to write a short story of 1000 words using the guide title “The Face at the Window”.

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Big Town Read 2015 – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

In partnership with The Reading Agency and World Book Night, we are pleased to announce another ‘Big Town Read’ will take place during the 2015 LitFest (2-4 October) with bestselling author, Rachel Joyce.

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Great writing – our rationale

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

In the five years since the festival began we have been lucky enough to have some of the bright stars of the literary world : Howard Jacobson, Fay Weldon, Louis de Bernières, Margaret Drabble, Deborah Moggach, Iain Banks and Michael Frayn are a few that spring to mind, not forgetting poets Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and

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Competition Winners

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

We are delighted to announce the winners of our illustration and writing competitions for children. Once again we have had some excellent work submitted.

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For lovers of international literature and language

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Acclaimed Brazilian author Paulo Scott is touring the UK and USA to publicise his book, Nowhere People. He is appearing at Marlborough LitFest with his translator, Daniel Hahn, and his publisher to discuss the book and the ups and downs of publishing foreign translations in the UK.

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