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REVIEW: music critic Fiona Maddocks brings a classical Desert Island Discs to LitFest

Genevieve Clarke (left) with Fiona Maddocks at the LitFest event in the White Horse Bookshop (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) Genevieve Clarke (left) with Fiona Maddocks at the LitFest event in the White Horse Bookshop (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) The lovely new gallery space at the back of the White Horse Bookshop was full for Fiona Maddocks’ event at Marlborough LitFest on Saturday afternoon (September 30).  It took the format of Desert Island Discs, with Genevieve Clarke, who is a member of the LitFest committee and the programme manager of the Reading Ahead scheme at the Reading Agency, as a suitably sympathetic interviewer.


 

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REVIEW: Flagging up rising nationalism - capacity LitFest audience hears about flags' enduring power & their politics

 

LitFest:  Tim Marshall - and flag (Photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)LitFest: Tim Marshall - and flag (Photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)If you've ever wondered why there are twelve stars on the European Union flag (it's actually the Council of Europe's flag) or mused over why there is a chakra wheel centred in the Indian flag or even why there is an AK 47 rifle on the Mozambican flag, then Tim Marshall's latest book Worth Dying For: the Power and Politics of Flags will provide you with all the answers and lots more too.

 

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REVIEW: LitFest's Golding Speaker Will Self enthrals, delights & astonishes - but leaves some a bit baffled or even unsettled

Will Self addresses a packed Town Hall  (photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)Will Self addresses a packed Town Hall (photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)It was certainly not without some trepidation that I undertook the task of reviewing the talk given by novelist and public intellectual Will Self, on Friday evening (September 29) - this year's Golding Speaker at the start of Marlborough LitFest 2017.


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REVIEW: LitFest audience entranced by opening night's poetry & dance performance by Kayo Chingonyi & Sean Graham

Kayo Chingonyi, with dancer Sean Graham performing at The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College on Thursday evening.   Pic:  Ben PhillipsKayo Chingonyi, with dancer Sean Graham performing at The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College on Thursday evening. Pic: Ben Phillips

I was in Waitrose the other day taking advantage – yet again – of their delicious sushi samples.  They are so carefully crafted, made according to accepted conventions, with combinations of colours and subtle flavours that may be challenging.  Rather like poetry in many ways. Sushi is not to everyone’s taste - again like poetry, or like improvised dance …  But how about poetry AND dance together?!

 

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Is Wiltshire Council helping with Marlborough's traffic and parking problems?

 

Another morning on Herd Street...Another morning on Herd Street...We often hear from Wiltshire Council how much their grant from central government has been reduced - which explains their cuts to services like Sure Start, Social Services, the Youth Service and the delays in repairing some of the area's third world roads.  They do not shout too much about additional grants they receive...from central government.

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Younger - and younger - readers took centre stage at Marlborough LitFest 2017

Bravo! Harry Murrell from Woodborough School points to his winning entry in the Wild Things competition (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) Bravo! Harry Murrell from Woodborough School points to his winning entry in the Wild Things competition (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) Marlborough LitFest takes special care to involve the children of the town and surrounding villages.  They believe in a variation of a famous claim: give me a child that likes reading, and I will give you the adult who's still reading when they are old and grey.

Marlborough LitFest 2017 was no exception with a great variety of events and happenings for younger readers - of all ages.

 

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LitFest: William Golding's daughter talks about his 'Marlborough book' - The Pyramid - in its fiftieth anniversary year

Judy Carver in Kingsbury Street - which was Miss Dawlish's house?Judy Carver in Kingsbury Street - which was Miss Dawlish's house?William Golding's daughter, Judy Carver was born in Marlborough: "I've had", she told marlborough.news, "a huge affection for Marlborough all my life."   The company that looks after her father's works and legacy, of which she and her brother are directors, has been supporting the town's LitFest from its early days.

 

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LitFest 2017 launches to a packed Town Hall

Chair Jan Williamson declaring LitFest 2017 openChair Jan Williamson declaring LitFest 2017 open

The Town Hall opened its doors tonight (Friday 29 September) to the eighth annual Marlborough LitFest, for a packed party in the Assembly Room to officially launch the Festival ahead of its headline speaker, Will Self. 

 

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Sensational Flash Mob Dance Launches Marlborough’s 2017 Litfest

The scene of the FlashMob from the Town Hall balconyThe scene of the FlashMob from the Town Hall balcony

Marlborough’s eighth LitFest launched with a dramatic Flash Mob Dance outside the Town Hall.  At 11 am on Thursday September 28, mysterious creatures with whiskers, furry tails, claws and scary faces began to appear in the High Street.  Over 270 local primary schoolchildren, dressed as wild things from the book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak danced to Dangerous by David Garrett.

 

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