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Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy misses out on the true meaning of Marlborough

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Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy misses out on the true meaning of Marlborough

They applauded often – and cheered too – when Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and her remarkable musical partner John A Sampson appeared on stage at Marlborough College’s grand Memorial Hall on Sunday night.

The audience was packed with students of all ages attending the redoubtable College, where former laureate

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Saturday morning fun with Famous Bottom author at Marlborough Literature Festival

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Saturday morning fun with Famous Bottom author at Marlborough Literature Festival

When I was seven, Saturday morning TV offered two choices: the anarchic Tiswas on ITV – home of frequent gunk-ings, custard pies and the dying fly dance – or BBC's Swap Shop, where the producers' idea of anarchy was Noel Edmonds wearing loud sweaters and Cheggars saying wey-hey a lot.

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Charles Dickens’ love for his Queen revealed amid the class war clash still with us today

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Charles Dickens’ love for his Queen revealed amid the class war clash still with us today

Charles Dickens fell madly in love with Queen Victoria.  And on her honeymoon night with Prince Albert he went to Windsor Castle and rolled in the mud in dire protest of what was happening in her bedroom above.

It’s a true story of Dickens, the rebellious republican writer, protector

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Literary Festival launch reveals top ticket sales for a fourth weekend of success

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Literary Festival launch reveals top ticket sales for a fourth weekend of success

The great and the good packed into town hall last night (Friday) as guests at the launch party for the fourth Marlborough Literary Festival, which is already running ahead of last year’s ticket sales.

Novelist Mavis Cheek, who chairs the festival, was there to greet them, in particular Fay Weldon,

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Fay Weldon reveals that the speed of life itself is just one of the problems writers face

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Fay Weldon reveals that the speed of life itself is just one of the problems writers face

Life today moves so fast that authors find their novels out of date if they take up to three years to create one, Fay Weldon, the doyenne feminist author of more than 30 novels, revealed at theMarlborough Literary Festival last night (Friday).

She warned too that authors had a difficult

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Slashing arts funding is like burning the Mona Lisa warns the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

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Slashing arts funding is like burning the Mona Lisa warns the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

Damaging cuts to arts funding by the government have been described as “totally barbaric” by Carol Ann Duffy, the 57-year-old first female Poet Laureate who is a star performer at Marlborough’s literary festival on Sunday.

In the swirl of the political party conferences, it is perhaps inevitable that someone born

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