LitFest 2017 – a Feast of Words and Fun

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Thank you to those who came to Marlborough LitFest 2017 – we had an amazing few days and hope that you did too.

Children dressed as wild things and roaring

Wild Things in Marlborough

We started on Thursday with events combining words and movement. In the morning, local primary school children dressed up and brought fizzing excitement to the High Street with a flash mob dance inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. This was matched in intensity later with poet Kayo Chingonyi and dancer Sean Graham performing solo works and some of their beautiful collaboration pieces.



Will Self

On Friday author Jason Beresford entertained 300 or so children from nearby schools with his hilarious tales and silly jokes, and in complete contrast we listened to Will Self in the evening, which was both astringent and thought provoking. 





David Mitchell and image from artists Kai and Sunny

Saturday bought a little sunshine and some great events including Gwendoline Riley, a translation duel, Keggie Carew on Dadland, Kamila Shamsie on Home Fire, Sarah Hall on short stories, and packed audiences in the evening for Frank Gardner and David Mitchell. We were honoured that David read from some unpublished works, accompanied by beautiful images of birds and plants. He really was a joy to listen to and the stories were deceptively simple but thoroughly enthralling.


Jane Austen performance

Sunday started with local authors Vanessa LaFaye and J.S. Monroe, and the day whizzed by with Tim Marshall (accompanied by flags of all nations), John Boyne, Francesca Simon on Norse mythology, Laline Paull on The Bees, a Jane Austen performance, and Nikesh Shukla and Coco Khan on The Good Immigrant. The day was rounded off by Craig Brown’s very witty and insightful views on the life and loves of Princess Margaret, and with plenty to reflect on and ponder, we packed away the chairs and took down the banners before heading home with a great pile of books!

See you next year….

A great pile of new books

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All images credit Ben Philips Photography