LitFest Goes Wild on 3rd June

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

As a literature festival set in a beautiful region of the UK, we’re celebrating the start of summer with four inspirational writers who will be speaking at The White Horse Bookshop on 3 June. Each has a love of nature and a passion for its protection, yet each one has a unique lens though which to observe.

This is a new venture for LitFest, separate from the main festival weekend, and made possible by our lead sponsors, Brewin Dolphin.

10.00am Rosy Hardy

Rosy Hardy is a garden designer and founder of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. She’s won many gold medals at RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace flower shows.

She is well known as an inspirational speaker on gardening and design. After her talk Rosy will be signing copies of her new book, Rosy Hardy – 25 Years of Chelsea.


12 noon John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is a farmer and historian who lives in Herefordshire on land his family has farmed since the 14th century. He is the author of Meadowland and The Running Hare : The Secret Life of Farmland. He is the winner of the 2015 Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing.




1.30pm Richard Jefferies Nature Writing Prize

Join us at 1.30pm for the announcement of the Richard Jefferies Nature Writing Prize, sponsored by The White Horse Bookshop. No tickets are required for this event.

2.30pm Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper’s new book The Otter’s Tale recounts his special relationship with a family of otters. Anyone who heard Simon talking about his previous book Life of a Chalkstream at last year’s LitFest will know what a treat it is to hear him speak.






4.00pm Fiona Reynolds CBE

Fiona Reynolds has been Director General of both The National Trust and The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). Her new book, The Fight for Beauty, demonstrates her tireless enthusiasm for the countryside and her passion for conservation.


How to Book

All events take place in The White Horse Bookshop, High Street, Marlborough (Tel. 01672 512071). Tickets for each event are £10 and can be purchased at the bookshop from 27th April (payment by cash or cheque only please).