Wednesday: Marlborough LitFest tickets go on sale - including David Walliams' TWO sessions

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The 2018 Marlborough LitFest Box Office officially opens for the 27-30 September Festival this Wednesday - July 11. Tickets and festival brochures are available from The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough High Street (cash or cheques only), or Pound Arts Tel: 01249 701628 / 01249 712618 ( and the full programme can be viewed online 

In its ninth year, LitFest offers forty events during the festival weekend, with a variety of authors - from new and young fiction writers to established names.  Audiences can choose from children’s authors, creative writing workshops and poetry events, as part of the Festival’s intention to bring the best of good writing to the town of Marlborough. Themes of history, politics, nature, crime, travelogue and memoir are covered, as well as linguistics, bookbinding, and the art of beer-making from a natural forager.

This year’s line-up includes prize-winning novelist and short story writer, Rose Tremain, opening the Festival as the annual Golding Speaker; acclaimed contemporary novelist William Boyd; military historian Max Hastings chronicling the Vietnam conflict; ex-MP Alan Johnson discussing his latest memoir; bestselling author and co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse. 

The annual debut authors’ event is back, championing emerging talent, and, returning for another year, the popular Translation Duel – this year focusing on French translation. Actor, star of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, as well as successful children’s author, 

David Walliams is the LitFest’s children’s author and due to huge demand, will be speaking in two separate sessions. Younger children will be treated to free Storytelling events, primary school workshops and a pop-up children’s book competition. 

The annual Big Town Read this year features Chris Cleave’s latest novel, ‘Everyone Brave is Forgiven’, which LitFest is recommending individuals and book groups read ahead of an author Q&A during the Festival. 

Other highlights include:

The Marlborough LitFest committee thank its Founder Sponsor ALCS Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, lead sponsor Brewin Dolphin and events sponsors Hiscox Insurance, the William Golding Estate, Marlborough College, St Francis School for their continued support to the Festival as well as new event sponsors and Hamilton Trust.

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