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Marlborough Rising Talent: an afternoon performance by young local talent - real talents

Ann Liu Cannon and Rhett OConnorAnn Liu Cannon and Rhett OConnorSaturday (August 10) saw the return of Marlborough Rising Talent at the Town Hall - a free event showcasing the musical ability of various performers from the Marlborough area.  This year the musicians each played a longer set, mostly made up of original songs, an admirable feat considering the ages of those who took part.

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From chocolat to strawberries - the rich world of Joanne Harris' best-selling stories

Joanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)Joanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)When Joanne Harris first published Chocolat twenty years ago, she never thought that a novel about a chocolate shop and a small French village would achieve worldwide success and acclaim. A very popular film adaptation and several awards later, Joanne has published the fourth book in the Chocolat series - The Strawberry Thief.

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Amy Sackville's vivid story of Velasquez & King Philip IV

 

For me the recent discovery of a lost portrait by Diego Velasquez revived memories of the talk given at last year's Marlborough LitFest by Amy Sackville.

Her novel Painter to the King is a fictional account of the artist's life at the Madrid court of Philip IV.  Amy Sackville gave a brilliant talk and showed how Velasquez continues to play on her imagination.

Painter to the King is a breath-taking book.  It works wonders with words and speech patterns, and it successfully takes you into Diego Velasquez' inspiration and his way of painting - at time almost brush stroke by brush stroke.  It certainly confirms the critics' view that Amy Sackville has extraordinary gifts as writer.

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Marlborough archaeologist's new book delves into a million years of our history - where does Marlborough fit in?

Mike Pitts at Avebury (Photo: Nicky Russell) Mike Pitts at Avebury (Photo: Nicky Russell) One of 2019 LitFest's most local authors will be Marlborough resident, archaeologist, writer and broadcaster Mike Pitts.  He will be talking about his new book Digging Up Britain: Ten Discoveries, a Million Years of History (to be published by Thames & Hudson on August 29).

 

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The Salt Path

 

Here's a variation on our competition - different but absolutely valid:  

Stopping off at Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff on the way back from a walking week in Pembrokeshire, I came away with a plant I’d been looking out for and a copy of The Salt Path which I found on the shelves of a second-hand book shop. 

It somehow seemed the right sort of book to be reading after walking along short stretches of the Wales Coast Path, but I had to wait my turn as my husband got there first. 

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Aldbourne Band Secure Exciting Conducting Team for British Open and National Finals

Lee Skipsey (left) and Ivan Meylemans (right), two internationally acclaimed conductors who will be working with the Aldbourne Band this AutumnLee Skipsey (left) and Ivan Meylemans (right), two internationally acclaimed conductors who will be working with the Aldbourne Band this AutumnTwo experienced and sought-after conductors have agreed to work with the Aldbourne Band and resident conductor Glyn Williams to enhance the band's efforts  at the British Open and National Finals later this year.

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An Evening with William Boyd by ‘Nat Tate’

 

If you were in the LitFest audience of the Memorial Hall last year, you may have caught a glimpse of me.  I was hovering in the wings while William Boyd, the great author, told the story of my artistic struggles and tragic demise to a spellbound audience.

 

I get the applause, but why the laughter?  

 

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