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1918 - the last year of the 'Great War' - with bleak Marlborough footnotes

In September 1918, the Allied offensive was making it very 'hot' for the Kaiser & his armies [Marlborough Times, 25 September 1918]In September 1918, the Allied offensive was making it very 'hot' for the Kaiser & his armies [Marlborough Times, 25 September 1918]A timely event at Marlborough LitFest 2018 was Peter Hart's talk about his book book The Last Battle - Endgame on the Western Front, 1918.  This tells the story of the First World War's last ten months mainly through the words of those who fought through them. 

Marlborough historian David Du Croz kindly wrote an introduction to Peter Hart's talk for marlborough.news - emphasising the cost of 1918's fighting to men from Marlborough College and from the Parish of St Peter. 

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Litfest Reviews – Chapter Five: How motorcyclist Lois Pryce found out that “Iran is a nation of extroverts”

Lois Pryce with fellow biker in the LitFest cafe at the Town HallLois Pryce with fellow biker in the LitFest cafe at the Town HallWhen travel writer, journalist and motorcyclist Lois Pryce told her friends and family that she was planning to undertake a 3000-mile motorbike journey across Iran, she received an overwhelming response – “Iran? What do you want to go there for?”

 

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Chapter Three-and-a-half - David Walliams in Marlborough : a ‘totally awesome’ LitFest occasion

David Walliams - with Ade Adepitan (Photo © Ben Phillips)David Walliams - with Ade Adepitan (Photo © Ben Phillips)“Totally awesome,” was the verdict of Tom, aged eight, as he left the Memorial Hall at the College following the first of David Walliams’s two sell out events on Sunday (September 30) - with Ade Adepitan there to introduce the famous author to an excited - even over-excited? - audience.

 

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ARMISTICE 1918: a special reading of Wilfred Owen's poems & letters exactly one hundred years since he was killed in battle

On Monday, 4 November 1918 Second Lieutenant Wilfred Owen was killed in action during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal.  On Sunday, 4 November 2018 Marlborough Town Hall will host War, And The  Pity Of War - a programme of Owen's poetry and letters read by distinguished actors Dame Janet Suzman and Alex Waldmann.

 

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LitFest Reviews - Chapter Two: Rose Tremain and Amy Sackville

Rose Tremain on stage with Alex Clark (Photo © Ben Phillips)Rose Tremain on stage with Alex Clark (Photo © Ben Phillips)It was fitting that author Rose Tremain was this year’s Marlborough Litfest Golding Speaker - interviewed by Alex Clark.   She told a packed Town Hall audience on Friday evening (September 28) that she was “...delighted to be talking in Golding’s name. His unique voice with a different supposition for each book inspired me to start as a writer. He has been a wonderful influence on me.”

 

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