The rain predicted for Swindon held off long enough to allow a spectacular launch of the Swindon Festival of Literature on Monday 7 May.
Sunrise high above the town at Lawn Woods saw fire jugglers, hoola hoops, poetry, bacon butties and friends to gather together to start the 19th festival under the guidance of director Matt Holland.
Over the next two weeks until the Swindon Festival of Literature will be where readers meet writers, and writers meet readers, and enjoyable, interesting, challenging, worthwhile, unpredictable, funny, and memorable things happen. It’s a time to celebrate what words can do, provided they are well thought, well written, and well said.
Talk, listen, think, drink, and laugh. The passion and founding spirit of the Swindon Festival of Literature is rooted in love of the word, good reading, exploratory talk, finding out about things, making connections, and the notion that life is for learning, and pleasure.
This year’s Festival includes novelists, poets, philosophers, scientists, storytellers, columnists, commentators, historians, comedians, artists, and activists.
There are events at midday, teatime, and in the evening, carefully spaced and placed to enable you to attend almost every one, should you have the stamina!
For a full at-a-glance list of authors, events, times, and dates, see
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