The 2018 Marlborough LitFest Box Office officially opens for the 27-30 September Festival this Wednesday – July 11. Tickets and festival brochures are available from The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough High Street (cash or cheques only), or Pound Arts Tel: 01249 701628 / 01249 712618 (www.poundarts.org.uk/) and the full programme can be viewed online
In its ninth year, LitFest offers forty events during the festival weekend, with a variety of authors – from new and young fiction writers to established names. Audiences can choose from children’s authors, creative writing workshops and poetry events, as part of the Festival’s intention to bring the best of good writing to the town of Marlborough. Themes of history, politics, nature, crime, travelogue and memoir are covered, as well as linguistics, bookbinding, and the art of beer-making from a natural forager.
This year’s line-up includes prize-winning novelist and short story writer, Rose Tremain, opening the Festival as the annual Golding Speaker; acclaimed contemporary novelist William Boyd; military historian Max Hastings chronicling the Vietnam conflict; ex-MP Alan Johnson discussing his latest memoir; bestselling author and co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse.
The annual debut authors’ event is back, championing emerging talent, and, returning for another year, the popular Translation Duel – this year focusing on French translation. Actor, star of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, as well as successful children’s author,
David Walliams is the LitFest’s children’s author and due to huge demand, will be speaking in two separate sessions. Younger children will be treated to free Storytelling events, primary school workshops and a pop-up children’s book competition.
The annual Big Town Read this year features Chris Cleave’s latest novel, ‘Everyone Brave is Forgiven’, which LitFest is recommending individuals and book groups read ahead of an author Q&A during the Festival.
Other highlights include:
- Thomas Harding – A true crime story that sheds light on one of the most notorious and baffling murders in recent times.
- Sarah Churchwell: Behold, America – A thought-provoking history of attitudes and ideas in America from 1900 to 1940.
- Creative Writing Workshop For Teens – Bestselling crime writer Jon Stock advises on thriller writing. Limited places for 14-18s.
- Stig Abell: How Britain Really Works – Incisive and witty analysis of how Britain works – or doesn’t.
- Hiscox Debut Authors events with Adelle Stripe and Mick Hitson
- Poetry in the Pub – annual open mic event for local amateur and published poets.
- Lois Pryce: Revolutionary Ride – One woman’s adventurous solo journey on a motor bike through the little-known world of modern Iran.
- David Crystal: Sounds Appealing – The renowned language expert on why and how we pronounce words the way we do
- Creative Writing Workshop For Adults – All levels welcome at this friendly session run by bestselling historical novelist Suzannah Dunn
- Aida Edemariam The Wife’s Tale – Biography of the author’s grandmother, born in northern Ethiopia, who died five years ago aged 100.
- Miranda Kaufmann Black Tudors – A specialist in black British history tells the story of how the first people with black skins came to England
- Choosing The Marlborough Booker – Join us for a glass of wine and your chance to vote on the Booker choices of our five panellists.
The Marlborough LitFest committee thank its Founder Sponsor ALCS Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, lead sponsor Brewin Dolphin and events sponsors Hiscox Insurance, the William Golding Estate, Marlborough College, St Francis School for their continued support to the Festival as well as new event sponsors Marlborough.news and Hamilton Trust.
For further information visit www.marlboroughlitfest.org