More authors confirmed for 2017 Marlborough Litfest

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Marlborough LitFest is delighted to announce more names for its 2017 line-up in its eighth year
 including BBC Security correspondent, Frank Gardner, Man Booker Prizer shortlister Graeme Macrae Burnet, local crime writer Jon Stock as well as a talk hosted by the William Golding Estate. These authors will join this year’s Golding Speaker, Will Self, who will open the Festival on 29 September.

BBC Security correspondent Frank Gardner OBE will be talking about his latest fictional thriller, Ultimatum (published in September 2017), the second book in a trilogy. Ten years after himself surviving an Islamist ambush in Saudi Arabia during which his cameraman was killed, Frank Gardner, although partly paralysed, continues to travel the world reporting for the BBC. He has written for the Economist, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph as well as writing a memoir and travel anthology.


Photo of Graeme Macrae Burnet

Graeme Macrae Burnet cr Jen Cunnion

Author Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the Man Booker 2016. Renowned as a real ‘word of mouth’ book, The Guardian reviewed it as ‘a psychological thriller masquerading as a slice of true crime; a collection of “found” documents that play lovingly with the traditions of Scottish literature; an artful portrait of a remote crofting community in the 19th century that showcases contemporary theories about class and criminology’. Ex-teacher Macrae Burnet is considered one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents.

Local crime author Jon Stock is the author of five spy novels (of which Warner Brothers bought the film rights to his Daniel Marchant trilogy) and a new standalone psychological thriller, Find Me, (published in February 2017 under the pen name of JS Monroe). Stock previously was a freelance journalist and until 2015 he headed up the Weekend and Living sections of the Saturday and Sunday Telegraph. He will fill the popular crime spot at the 2017 LitFest.

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of William Golding’s novel, The Pyramid (which is described as a ‘Marlborough-disguised’ novel) a talk will be given by the William Golding Estate on ‘William Golding’s Legacy and his debt to Marlborough’. Marlborough LitFest is delighted to celebrate the town’s long connection with the Nobel Laureate and Booker Prize winner author.

Jan Williamson, Festival Chair, said: “We are very excited about this year’s line-up. We’ve got some brand new authors and some very well-known ones.”

The 2017 programme is currently being put together and will include a wide variety of speakers throughout the festival weekend, featuring new and young fiction writers as well as established names, children’s authors, workshops and poetry events as part of the Festival’s intention to bring the best of good writing to the town of Marlborough.