Marlborough Literary Festival 2012
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The 2012 Marlborough Literary Festival opened with Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, who spoke about good writing, literary criticism, and whether characters in novels should be ‘likeable’. He was the LitFest’s first Golding Author, a role in the Festival which highlights Marlborough’s long connection with the Nobel Laureate and Booker Prize winner, William Golding.The opening night was followed by a host of literary events including talks from Michael Frayn, Iain Banks, poet Simon Armitage, Aminatta Forna, Ginny Bailey who won the 2012 McKitterick prize, 2012 Dylan Thomas prize nominee Chibundu Onuzo, Zaiba Malik, Michele Hanson, Bella Bathurst, Susie Parr, Chris Wakling, Stephen May, Nicola Upson, Simon Brett, Moira Young and Judith Kerr.
Publishing was represented by tours of Libanus Press, a book design partnership located in Marlborough, and a team from Capuchin Classics discussed how they select lost classics and produce beautiful books over tea and cakes in the LitFest café. There were creative writing workshops for adults and teenagers, events for school children, and the ever popular poetry slam.