This is a reminder to our readers that tickets for the tenth anniversary Marlborough LitFest go on sale later this week - on Thursday, 11 July 2019.
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?
Alan Johnson: Very humbling, very moving, and very entertaining. The very best of Marlborough Lit Fest
To sit in front of Alan Johnson at Marlborough Lit Fest in 2018 and hear him so gleefully describe his joy at discovering music was an absolute privilege. The charisma of this man - slum inhabitant, orphan, postman, union rep, MP then Secretary of State - shone from the Town Hall stage as he enthralled us all with his tales of playing his first ever discs to being a band on the run.
Despite the turbulent weather, plenty of locals turned up to Prospect Hospice’s Avebury Rocks Festival on Saturday (June 15) to experience a day of performances from musicians of all ages and many styles.
Marlborough archaeologist's new book delves into a million years of our history - where does Marlborough fit in?
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).
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.
In the late 80s or very early 90s, it was a warm morning in Avebury that I came across a young man, mug of tea in one hand and sheaf of paper in the other, leaning on the front fence of his parents’ house, learning his lines. He was still in his pyjamas and dressing gown.
I didn’t take a lot of notice. I was new to the area and supposed Avebury people might be a bit odd.
A fourth generation farmer, now a highly respected photographer, David White is dedicated to capturing the essence of the Marlborough Downs, the surrounding area and especially its wildlife. Now his photographs are to be exhibited in a London gallery - the Osborne Studio Gallery - in the autumn (details below).
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- OBITUARY: The death of Alfie Johnson - famous as Marlborough's Town Cryer - a man held in affection by so many
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- Award-winning folk artist Rachel Newton to perform at a Marlborough area village
- The changing NHS: another attempt to treat more people away from hospitals
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- The changing NHS: when will our STP come out of the shadows?
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- NHS's local level changes: after restructuring comes reconfiguration and a new acronym - the PCN
- "The Storm": James Wilton's energetic dance company investigates mental health issues
- A senior GP's radical plan for the NHS - while the health system's tectonic plates are moving with unaccustomed speed
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