TICKETS for this year’s Marlborough LitFest are expected to sell out fast, as children’s author David Walliams tops the bill of writers heading to the town in September.

Tickets go on sale from July 11, both from the White Horse bookshop on the High Street and online at

This year 40 events are taking place on September 27-30 and organisers have picked out their top tips ahead of the event:

  • Thomas Harding - A true crime story that sheds light on one of the most notorious and baffling murders in recent times.

  • Sarah Churchwell: Behold, America - A thought-provoking history of attitudes and ideas in America from 1900 to 1940.

  • Creative Writing Workshop For Teens - Bestselling crime writer Jon Stock advises on thriller writing. Limited places for 14-18s.

  • Stig Abell: How Britain Really Works - Incisive and witty analysis of how Britain works – or doesn’t.

  • Hiscox Debut Authors events with Adelle Stripe and Mick Hitson

  • Poetry in the Pub – annual open mic event for local amateur and published poets.

  • Lois Pryce: Revolutionary Ride - One woman’s adventurous solo journey on a motor bike through the little-known world of modern Iran.

  • David Crystal: Sounds Appealing - The renowned language expert on why and how we pronounce words the way we do

  • Creative Writing Workshop For Adults - All levels welcome at this friendly session run by bestselling historical novelist Suzannah Dunn

  • Aida Edemariam The Wife’s Tale - Biography of the author’s grandmother, born in northern Ethiopia, who died five years ago aged 100.

  • Miranda Kaufmann Black Tudors - A specialist in black British history tells the story of how the first black people came to England

  • Choosing The Marlborough Booker - Vote on the Booker choices.