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Take a midlife leap…Marlborough travel company offers midlife volunteering adventures

Guy and Milly Whitehead - owners & directors of The LeapGuy and Milly Whitehead - owners & directors of The LeapFor nearly twenty years Guy and Milly Whitehead have been providing gap year students with volunteering opportunities that benefit local communities and protect endangered wildlife - through their company, The Leap, based in Marlborough. Now they are offering  similar experiences to an older group – the midlifers.

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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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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.  

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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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The prize-winning book 'Wilding' tells the uplifting story of how nature can restore itself

Isabella Tree (Photo: Francesco Guidicini)Isabella Tree (Photo: Francesco Guidicini)The latest winner of the Richard Jefferies Society/White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize for Nature Writing is Isabella Tree for her book Wilding - subtitled The return of nature to a British farm.  The prize - which includes a cheque for £1,000 - will be presented when the author comes to Marlborough in July to talk about her book - details here.

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Simon Russell Beale - LitFest 2016 by Tony Smith

 

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.

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Photographs by local wildlife photographer David White to be exhibited in a London gallery

Barn owls [Photo © David White] Barn owls [Photo © David White] 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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