Marlborough Literature Festival September 28th to October 1st

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A late-comer to the literary festival scene, Marlborough Literature Festival has nonetheless established itself firmly in top-tier since its inception in 2010. With a literary heritage which includes John Betjeman, Siegfried Sassoon, Bruce Chatwin and William Golding, Marlborough was a natural fit and this year’s offering from 28th September to 1st October promises a fittingly illustrious line-up.

Among the highlights, former enfant terrible and author of more than twenty books, Will Self, will be talking about his latest work, Phone, a satirical examination of how we have become prisoners of the very screen-based technologies that promised us liberation.

The hilarious John O’Farrell follows up his classic memoir Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, with Things Can Only Get Worse, detailing the comic but often heart-breaking roller-coaster from the highs of the Labour victory in 1997 to the lows of Brexit.

Shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize, Graeme Macrae Burnet, one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents will be talking about His Bloody Project, a hypnotic novel detailing a murder enquiry set in the spartan world of 19th Century Scottish Highland crofters. Examining the elusive themes of motive and psychology, Macrae Burnet highlights the difficulties in understand the lives of others. Gripping stuff.

Among other events, William Golding’s daughter, Judy Carver will be in conversation with Nicola Presley of Bath Spa University to discuss how pervasive her father’s influence on popular culture has become and Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon discusses her forays into Norse mythology in her new book, The Monstrous Child.

There will be the usual free events for children and even a Poetry in the Pub event at The Bear. For full listings information go to www.marlboroughlitfest.org Tickets are available from The White Horse Bookshop 01672 704001 or online.

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