Countdown to LitFest 2018
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
In a week and a bit we’ll be in the full swing of Marlborough LitFest. If you haven’t bought any tickets yet there’s still time, and there is still availability for many of our events. Some big names – Rose Tremain, Max Hastings and David Walliams – have sold out, but there’s lots left to choose from. Please check with Pound Arts (Tel 01249 701628) if you’re having trouble booking online.
Here’s a quick round-up:
On Saturday 29 September one of the UK’s most admired novelists, William Boyd, will talk about his new book Love is Blind in Marlborough College’s newly restored Memorial Hall. Don’t miss this chance to hear the author on his latest novel which is getting some fabulous reviews.
If fiction is your thing we also have:
- Kate Mosse on The Burning Chambers, the first of her new Languedoc series;
- Debut authors Adelle Stripe and Mick Kitson;
- Crimewriter Ruth Ware who has been compared to Agatha Christie;
- McKitterick prizewinning first-timer Anietie Isong interviewed by crimewriter Abir Mukherjee about his satire on Nigerian life;
- Amy Sackville on painter Velazquez;
- Katie Hickman talking about the conclusion of her Jacobean trilogy;
- Leila Aboulela on her short stories set in Africa, Britain and the Middle East;
- Translators fighting it out over the French bestseller L’Amant by Marguerite Duras;
- Our annual Big Town Read, this year featuring popular author Chris Cleave taking questions on his WWII novel Everyone Brave is Forgiven;
- And last but absolutely not least, our very own debate on the 50-year-old Booker prize and a chance to vote for one of five prizewinning titles put forward by a team of local panellists. What better way to end your literary weekend!
There is also a wealth of sessions on topical issues as well as the lighter side of life:
- Tim Dee on his collection of essays about places and people by 30 top nature writers;
- Sarah Churchwell giving a longer perspective on Trump’s America;
- Inspirational adventurer Lois Pryce on her motorbike trip to Iran;
- A chance to taste some beer while listening to expert beer-maker and forager Andy Hamilton;
- Poetic suggestions for your every mood from philosopher and publisher William Sieghart.
- Plus talks on women’s rights, Ethiopia, true crime in Hampstead, the last days of the First World War, the musical choices of former cabinet minister Alan Johnson and the state of Britain today.
We also have children’s writer Debi Evans on her latest Rolo adventure, creative writing sessions for adults and a chance to see Marlborough College’s collection of rare books. Truly something for everyone!