Arts & Culture
Less than a week to go until the Marlborough Literature Festival

The festival’s programme of events is due to start Thursday 30 September. 

This year’s Literature Festival will be made up of a mix of live and online events. It will run from 30 September - 3 October. 

The author line-up includes Elif Shafak, Colm Toibin, Sathnam Sanghera, Mick Herron, Jonathan Porritt and Gill Hornby. The festival’s patron Sir Simon Russell Beale will also lead the programme’s finale with a reading from Richard Davenport-Hines’ ‘A Night at the Majestic: Proust and the Great Modernist Dinner Party of 1922.’

Full details of the line up, and tickets are available at Tickets can also be purchased by calling 0333 666 3366.

A spokesperson for the festival listed some of the author talks that are on the ‘not to miss’ list:

  • Jon McGregor with ‘Lean Fall Stand’ - Sunday 3 October, 6pm
  • Matthew Dooley with ‘Flake’ - Saturday 2 October, 6pm
  • Ian Ridley with ‘The Breath of Sadness’ - Sunday 3 October, 10am
  • Lucy Jago with ‘A Net for Small Fishes’ - Sunday 3 October, 12pm

The Marlborough Lit Fest team says it would like to thank its new lead festival sponsor, Sarah Raven, livestream sponsor Hiscox Insurance, its patron Sir Simon Russell Beale and event sponsors William Golding Limited, Marlborough College, St Francis School, and new event sponsor, Adam Matthew.

Its thanks are also given to the Hamilton Trust, Katharine House Gallery, The Arts Society Kennet & Swindon, Haine and Smith, The White Horse Bookshop and Wiltshire Life for their continued support of the festival.

More information about the festival can be found at