Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th; Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th
Swindon Open Studios 2014: Festival of the Visual Arts.
As part of the annual celebration of art Swindon artists will be using Central Library as one of their venues. Come and meet them and be inspired by their works. There will also be a specially selected exhibition on display throughout the whole of September in the library’s Court Yard Gallery. Free entry.
Wednesday 10th, 7.15pm
World War I: Life in the Trenches – a talk by Steve Williams
Using a constructed backdrop of a WW1 trench, Trowbridge-based military historian Steve Williams gives a graphic presentation of what life was really like for soldiers living in the trenches. Steve will demonstrate and describe the conditions in which the soldiers lived and fought as well as discussing some poignant facts and figures about WW1. £2.50 (£1.50 library members)
Wednesday 17th 7.15pm
World War I Poets ‘Lest We Forget’ – a talk by Lynda Warren.
Lynda looks back 100 years to the soldier and civilian poets of World War 1, reflecting on their lives and their works. The talk features both well-known and unfamiliar male and female poets including John McCrea, Wilfred Owen, Madeline Ida Bedford and Eva Dobell. £2.50 (£1.50 library members)
Thursday 25th, 7.15pm
Capturing Emotion: war photographer Robert Capa – a talk by Ron Bateman.
Ron Bateman (co-founder of the Orwell Society) presents a collection of remarkable images taken by Robert Capa throughout both the Spanish Civil War and World War II, and discusses some of the more controversial aspects of his work.
Steinbeck said of Capa ‘He could show the horror of a whole people in the face of a child. His camera caught and held emotion.’ Capa is often regarded as the ‘father of photojournalism’ – this will be a unique and timely reflection on the man and his work. £2.50 (£1.50 library members)