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Arts & Entertainment

Opening Day of Marlborough’s LitFest: Big School Read with Geraldine McCaughrean

Author Geraldine McCaughrean at the Big School Read with Year 8 students from St John's, St Francis and Pewsey Vale SchoolsAuthor Geraldine McCaughrean at the Big School Read with Year 8 students from St John's, St Francis and Pewsey Vale SchoolsSeveral hundred Year 8 students from St. John’s, St. Francis and Pewsey Vale School attended the Big School Read today, Thursday September 26 at St John’s Theatre on the Hill to learn more about the creative process of writing.  Visiting author Geraldine McCaughrean told the students, “Books are a fire escape from a burning world.”
 

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Marlborough’s LitFest celebrates ten years with a special children’s competition

Gillian Macdonald with some of the entries for the LitFest Children's CompetitionGillian Macdonald with some of the entries for the LitFest Children's CompetitionAs part of the ten-year celebration of the founding of Marlborough’s LitFest, over a thousand local children have entered a special competition.  The first schools to sign up for the competition have also been awarded £200 worth of books to be chosen from the White Horse Bookshop.

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A Victorian 'DUEL': the young aristocrat won the girl & gambled away a fortune as her jilted fiancé sought revenge across England's racecourses

The cover shows the Marquis & Marchioness of Hastings & (smaller photo) Henry Chaplin - is Hastings reading a sporting newspaper?The cover shows the Marquis & Marchioness of Hastings & (smaller photo) Henry Chaplin - is Hastings reading a sporting newspaper?Marlborough is surrounded by top-flight racehorse trainers - it is a carefully regulated business.  In Victorian times it was all very different with scandalous behaviour among some of England's owners, trainers, jockeys and bookies.

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