Marlborough Literature Festival 22-25 September 2011 Where Literature comes alive...
PUBLISHED: 14:57 29 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:47 20 February 2013
The historic town of Marlborough will be alive with all things literary for 4 days in September (22nd - 25th). The second LitFest offers more authors, subjects and events. A focus on literary links with Marlborough is one of the highlights
Marlborough Literature Festival 22-25 September 2011
Where Literature comes alive...
The historic town of Marlborough will be alive with all things literary for 4 days in September (22nd - 25th). The second LitFest offers more authors, subjects and events. A focus on literary links with Marlborough is one of the highlights however the scope of the LitFest is broader. The winning formula created by established author Mavis Cheek, Artistic Director assures that writers of literary merit bring the latest in quality writing to the town. Authors range from fiction and screenwriters to ghost writers, crime and childrens novelists. There are talks on non- fiction and biography. The festival offers many opportunities to participate in discussions, workshops, competitions and poetry cafes.
Already booked are Michael Holroyd, Anne Sebba (Biography of the Duchess of Windsor), Deborah Moggach (TV Pride and Prejudice) and Helen Castor (Historical biography), as well as debut novelists Evie Wyld and Ivan Brett. Poet Lemn Sissay opens the festival. David Edgar, acclaimed writer of over 60 plays, will speak about the state of British theatre and his role in it. Contemporary writers who are closely linked to the town include Judy Golding who will discuss her new book The Children of Lovers and author of award-winning Clarice Bean books Lauren Child, Old Marlburian, will be talking about her new series of Ruby Redfort books and will be giving an insight on how she creates her illustrations at St Johns School. Local authors will be discussing their work and townsman Nick Fogg will present his recent publication on Shakespeare.
Subjects included in the LitFest programme are diverse. The range encompasses the art of TV and film adaption, The Gothic Novel, life on the mean streets of Jamaica and the Crime genre. This year creative writing workshops take place at St John's School led by Chris Wakling, author and tutor at the Arvon Foundation and Marcus Moore, popular among children for arranging poetry slams, will be touring local Wiltshire primary schools. The poetry cafe will run on Sunday morning.
Unique venues taking part in the festival are the 17th century Merchants House, renowned public school Marlborough College ( Chatwin, Betjeman, Sassoon) Marlborough Town Hall and the brand new, St Johns Theatre on the Hill.
The LitFest would not be possible without the sponsorship of Founder Sponsor ALCS Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, Lead Sponsor Brewin Dolphin, and Events Sponsor Hiscox.