Marlborough LitFest has grown rapidly over the years, and has in the past welcomed famous faces like David Walliams.

This year, the event which is being held from 29 September – 2 October 2022 is not likely to disappoint.

Famous names such as children’s author Jacqueline Wilson will be joining the 2022 Golding Speaker Ali Smith during the festival weekend.

She will be appearing at Marlborough LitFest on Friday 30 September to share her writing tips and talk about Project Fairy which is published on 15 September.

Wilson wrote her first novel at just nine years old, had her first short story published at 17, and has now written over 100 books and sold more than 40 million copies.

The award-winning writer is perhaps best known as the creator of her Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather characters and is a former Children's Laureate.

In 2008 she was appointed a Dame.

The Guardian calls her: ‘the fairy goth-mother of children’s fiction credited with daring to introduce such non-cheery subjects as depression and divorce into her children’s bedrooms.’ Also attending are the key authors, Patrick Gale and Max Hastings.

Gale will be appearing in Marlborough on Sunday 2 October to talk about his latest novel, Mother’s Boy. Known for books such as The Whole Day Through, Notes Hastings, who is also making an appearance is making a return to talk about his latest book, The Abyss: The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962, which is published on 29 September 2022.

Wiltshire Times: Patrick Gale.Patrick Gale.

The former journalist and bestselling historian’s latest book re-evaluates the 13-day stand-off between America and the Soviet Union in October 1962, telling the story from the viewpoints of national leaders, Russian officers, Cuban peasants, American pilots and British disarmers.

Wiltshire Times: Max Hastings.Max Hastings.

Hastings offers an international context on this historical military and political showdown, using a blend of eye-witness interviews, archive documents and diaries and White House tape recordings.

Published to coincide with the 60-year anniversary, this subject matter now becomes terrifyingly relevant with the current war in Ukraine and threats from Russia to deploy its nuclear arsenal.

The organisers have also announced the launch of a new Friends of Marlborough LitFest scheme for 2022, giving special benefits to its Festival Friends.

The annual subscription is £30 and the deadline for submission of forms and payment for 2022 is Friday 24 June in order to take advantage of priority booking from 4 July until the LitFest Box Office opens on 14 July. For more information, people can visit