The first of 3,000 brochures for Marlborough’s second literary festival went on display this week as the box office opened for the sale of tickets for a splendid array of exciting events due in September.
They include the appearance of a range of poets, debut novelists, acclaimed biographers and specialists, among them Sir Michael Holroyd, Deborah Moggach, Anna Sebba, David Edgar, Lauren Child and Marlborough’s own George Orwell expert, Professor Peter Davison.
Judy Golding (pictured), daughter of the Nobel laureate and Lord of the Flies author Sir William Golding, who grew up in Marlborough, will be talking about her family memoir, The Children of Lovers, and former Marlborough mayor Nick Fogg about his forthcoming book on Shakespeare.
“Marlborough is the town that hosts the festival, literature from everywhere is its guest,” novelist Mavis Cheek, who inspired the first festival last year, told Marlborough News Online. “It's such a delight to be able to invite wonderful writers to the town.
“We may be provincial in setting, but we are never provincial in outlook.”
And she added: “The importance of this four-day event is that -- thanks to both its national and local sponsors -- it is not bound by any commercial considerations. The best literature never is - and this is wonderfully reflected in our 2012 programme.
“As G K Chesterton put it, 'While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living'.
“Our tag, when we began, was that this would be a Festival Where Literature Comes Alive and it has honourably lived up to that maxim. At the Marlborough LitFest it is never who you are that matters, but what you write.
“And we're sticking to that!”
Brochures for the festival, which runs from September 22 to 25, are initially available at The Merchant’s House and the White Horse Bookshop, the latter offering tickets too, as well as on the festival’s own website, www.marlboroughlitfest.org.
Brochures will also become available at Marlborough town hall, Marlborough public library, at St John’s School and other outlets.