It is only through sponsorship that the LitFest, a charitable organisation, is able to produce a full programme of literary events as well as plan for future festivals with a degree of stability. Thanks to sponsorship from partners such as Brewin Dolphin, we are able to carefully manage our budget so we can pay our authors as well as chairs and interviewers.


Brewin Dolphin has been with us from the very start of the festival in 2010 and without them, LitFest wouldn’t have got off the ground in the first place. So a huge thanks indeed for their continuing support. Brewin Dolphin makes a point of helping, where possible, with local culture, in the same way as they are committed to providing bespoke advice to its clients. 



Lead Sponsor

Brewin Dolphin

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading providers of personalised discretionary wealth management services with over 30 offices nationwide. The Marlborough branch is among the Group’s larger regional offices with over 35 staff looking after the personal portfolios, pensions and financial planning needs of private individuals, Charities and Trusts, both locally and throughout the world.

‘As major supporter of art and culture in the region, we are delighted to be lead sponsors of Marlborough LitFest.’ 




Event Sponsors

Hiscox – Hiscox wants to insure the homes and contents, including fine art, high value cars and other valuable assets and collectables, of careful owners. We also want to insure the liability and property risks for small professional businesses and events. For us insurance is a promise to pay, and we handle claims fast, fairly and with common sense.




Marlborough College – Founded in 1843, Marlborough College is a flourishing and fully coeducational, independent boarding school for pupils aged between thirteen and eighteen. It is a remarkable school in an evocative and unique setting. This is a community where scholarship is cherished, creativity is celebrated, diversity is evidenced, and conversation – the means by which knowledge is elevated into wisdom – is paramount.




William Golding Limited – Its founder, the novelist William Golding, intended the company to be a means of safeguarding his works, and the rights and income accruing to them. The present Chief Executive Officer is his daughter Judy Carver.




St Francis School – St Francis School prides itself on their happy and welcoming community. Their aim is to ensure that all children are given the best possible start to their education.

Logo of St Francis School red background, white writing, golden sheaf of corn crest




Hamilton Trust – Hamilton Trust is an Oxford-based educational charity with two main activities. It publishes plans (for maths, English, science and Topics) on its website and around fifty thousand primary teachers download their own selection from these plans and then adapt them as part of their teaching. 
In Marlborough, Hamilton Trust backs up its support for literacy and children’s enjoyment of books: projects this year include the funding of new library software at St Mary’s Primary School, and support for the Marlborough LitFest and the attendance by local schoolchildren at the talks by author Ross Montgomery. Also, the Trust has worked with Marlborough’s Merchant’s House to enable schoolchildren to visit this restored 17th century house free of charge.



Marlborough News Online – Marlborough News Online was launched in 2011 as a voluntary project with the aim of providing news that readers need to know about their community – its people, its events and what’s likely to happen in the near future. It provides a distinctive voice for Marlborough and its surrounding villages.




Haine & Smith – Haine and Smith Opticians is a family run independent Opticians based in Wiltshire dedicated to providing exceptional service to earn a lifetime of loyalty.




Media Partner

Wiltshire Life –Wiltshire Life is Wiltshire’s leading county magazine. Established in 1946, the magazine has a strong sense of tradition but a modern outlook, and its winning formula of stunning photography, well written features and strong design has made it the magazine to read.




Official Bookseller

The White Horse Bookshop – The multi-award winning White Horse Bookshop first opened its doors in 1943 and has stood on its present site – a 16th century townhouse in Marlborough, Wiltshire – since 1949. The White Horse Bookshop not only sells a huge range of literature but also hosts art exhibitions, art courses and of course Marlborough LitFest events.




Official Ticket Agent

The Pound Arts Centre – The Pound Arts Centre, run by local charity Pound Arts, is the hub of Corsham’s arts offering, with three annual seasons of professional performances, film, participatory arts events and exhibitions. It’s a welcoming and vibrant venue in the centre of Corsham with a 100-seat auditorium, an exhibition space, cafe bar, parking and baby-friendly facilities. 



Golden Friends

Susie Fisher, Philip & Tanya Cayford, Marianne & Bob Benton, Vivien Clark and Hans & Jen Krohn.

And with huge thanks:

Robert Hiscox
Katharine House Gallery
Fingal Rock – Wine shippers & Merchants
Marlborough Library
The Society of Authors
The Reading Agency
English Pen
Gazette and Herald
Three Castles Brewery