The Godolphin Literary Festival is back for a fifth year, bringing to Salisbury a "fresh and captivating" combination of authors for all ages and tastes.    

The Literary Festival has always been about encouraging reading and writing for all ages. 

This year there are inspiring events in the school day for local students to encourage reading for pleasure and two events later in the day open to the wider Salisbury community.  

The school said: "Godolphin is thrilled to announce Gill Hornby as our evening speaker to discuss her latest novel, Godmersham Park, on Wednesday, October 11 at 7pm, in the Performing Arts Centre". 

A journalist surrounded by a family of authors, she was drawn to fiction herself a decade ago – Gill is married to Robert Harris and sister of Nick Hornby – and her stories span subjects from mothers at the school gate to bringing alive Jane Austen’s world and family.  

For tickets to that show, click here

In another event open to all Godolphin Alumna Dolly Jones will be interviewed by Godolphin Sixth students about her writing career on Thursday, October 12 at 4.15pm (tickets available here). 

Dolly edited British Vogue’s digital platform for 15 years before becoming a director of Conde Nast’s entire digital portfolio of glossy magazines.  She is soon to publish her first book, an amusing and practical response to returning to the working world when children come into the picture.  

Godolphin also announced that the multi-award-winning children’s author, Katherine Rundell, is coming to talk to children from across Wiltshire about her brand-new series Impossible Creatures and secondary schools are bringing their book clubs to hear Laura Wood talk about her popular historical novels for teenagers.   

Other events include discovering the story in a painting with Sara Radice, of Godolphin’s own History of Art Dept, and a creative writing session with Christy Lefteri author of the international bestseller, The Beekeeper of Aleppo.   

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