Author Bernardine Evaristo has been announced as the Golding Speaker at the 2020 Marlborough Literature Festival. The Golding speaker opens the festival each year, and is sponsored by William Golding Ltd, in recognition of Golding’s links with the Wiltshire town. Golding grew up in Marlborough, attended Marlborough Grammar School, and later used Marlborough (renamed as Stillbourne) as the setting for his novel The Pyramid.
Evaristo jointly won the Booker Prize in 2019 for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, which has also just been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for fiction. She has published eight works of fiction and previously appeared at the Lit Fest in 2013.
The event takes place on Friday 25th September. Tickets will be on sale from late July.