Pam Ayres, Clover Stroud and other authors added to Marlborough Lit Fest line-up

By Jessica Durston - 27 May 2022

Arts and Culture

The team behind the Marlborough Literature Festival have announced more of the authors that will appear on the bill this September-October.

Pam Ayres

Just announced for our 2022 line-up are Pam Ayres, Clover Stroud, Kamila Shamsie and Benedict Allen, who will join the 2022 Golding Speaker, Ali Smith.

In addition the festival will see attendance from Patrick Gale, Max Hastings and children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, during the festival weekend from 29 September – 2 October 2022. 

Pam Ayres MBE has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years as a writer and broadcaster, and is the author of several bestselling poetry books. 

At this year's Marlborough Literature Festival, Pam will be talking about her new book 'Who Are You Calling Vermin?', as well as performing poems from her earlier books. She will appear at the Memorial Hall at Marlborough College on Saturday 1 October at 7pm.

Clover Stroud is joining the festival line-up to talk about her latest book, 'The Red of My Blood.' It is described as a memoir of grief, in conversation with author and creative writing teacher, Cathy Rentzenbrink. 

Clover's previous books 'The Wild Other' and 'My Wild & Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story' have been critically acclaimed bestsellers. She will appear at the Marlborough Town Hall on Sunday, 2 October at 11:30am. 

Kamila Shamsie is an award-winning author that first visited Marlborough's Literature Festival in 2017. She wrote her first novel while still in college, and is regarded as one of Pakistan's most prolific novelists, winning the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel 'Home Fire.'

She will be returning to the Marlborough Lit Fest this year to talk about her latest book, 'Best of Friends.' She will be at the Marlborough Town Hall on Saturday, 1 October at 11.30am. 

Benedict Allen has been travelling the world for more than 30 years, surviving adversity from the Amazon to the Arctic, creating BBC TV shows and is the author of 10 books.

He will be at the Marlborough Lit Fest talking about his newest book, 'Explorer.' Benedict will be at the Marlborough Town Hall on Saturday, 1 October at 2.30pm. 

The full LitFest programme will be available in late June and general ticket sales will start on 14 July, with priority booking for Friends on 4 July.

Individuals can also sign up to receive a copy of the Marlborough Lit Fest brochure in the post by emailing with their name and address. Their details will be added to a mailing list and the brochure will be sent out at the end of June. 

People can also become a festival friend with Marlborough Lit Fest. Festival friends will receive priority booking for this year's festival (as mentioned above). The deadline for application is 24 June. More information about this can be found at

Members of the public can find more about the festival online at

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