Inspiring performances delight at Marlow’s first Literary Festival  

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Marlow residents and visitors to the town enjoyed a day of entertainment, inspiration and creativity at WORDS, Marlow’s first Literary Festival on Saturday, 17th June.  

“It was a fabulous day of poetry, prose, drama and songs from a range of local artists,” said Jonathan Slack, Chairman of organisers The Marlow Writers’ Society. “We were delighted to see so many people attending and we’ve received many wonderful compliments about the event.” 

Actor Tom Chambers opened the day, which continued with performances from The Marlow Players, Marlow Operatic Society, JAM Theatre, poet Michael Bourton, writers Francoise Montgomery and Geoff Lambton, and many more. Mary Shelley even put in an appearance in period costume, and Heather Adams led a literary walk around the town. In the evening, audiences were entertained by singing groups Harmony Belles and Downley Descants. There was something for everyone, including activities for children, poetry workshops and readings. 

The winners of a local schools’ Flash Fiction competition, run in conjunction with the Festival, were presented with their prizes by Liz Lorente from sponsors Transition Town Marlow. Other sponsors included Marlow Town Council and Marlow Round Table.    

About Marlow Writers’ Society 

The Society meets at 6.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month at The George & Dragon, The Causeway, Marlow, SL7 2AA. Writing on an agreed theme every month, the writing is inspired by a spectrum of topics in a variety of styles and genres. The Society’s magazine, SLACK, raises funds for Marlow Refugee Action. New writers are welcome.  

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Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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