Last week’s news, that for every one e-book book bought, readers are buying four physical books, is reflected in ticket sales for this year’s fabulous and actual, real physical engagement in literature and sharing of ideas.
Festival director Matt Holland writes:
Events already sold out include Former MI5 director Stella Rimington, impressionist and Think Slam judge Alistair McGowan, and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone.
With the launch at Lawn Woods at sunrise on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May, followed by a story walk and 5km run in Lydiard Park, as well as Claire Balding’s appearance at the Wyvern Theatre, the festival is well underway.
Interest in the twentieth festival has exceeded even my optimistic expectations. Festival fans are appearing from near and far. We’ve had messages from supporters in Ireland and the USA keen to get the hottest tickets and flying in to enjoy a few days in Swindon. And Festival enthusiast from closer to home have kept the Arts Centre, Wyvern, and Central Library’s box offices busy.
And people in the street approach me to express their enthusiasm for the Festival and sense of anticipation about the great talks, performances, and thought-provoking events due to take place during the next fortnight.
It’s all very exciting.
Pictured, Matt Holland showing the festival programme to New Zealander Amy Goodbere. Photo: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com
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The Festival of Literature continues to thrive thanks to funding from Arts Council England, whose support represents recognition of the growth, value and popularity of literature-related activities in Swindon.
Other main partners and loyal sponsors of the Festival are Dominic Winter Book Auctions, Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Artswords, Swindon Libraries, Adult Community Learning, Prior Park Preparatory School, and Lower Shaw Farm.
Further assistance comes from Waterstones, Pen & Paper Bookshop, Swindon Visitor Information Centre, Acorn Press, Pink Handbag, Swindon Advertiser, Link Magazine, Wiltshire Magazine, BBC Radio Wiltshire, Total Swindon, Swindon Community Radio 105.5, Swindon parkrun, Christ Church, plus a host of other local organisations and individuals.