When it’s Spring in Swindon, it’s also the start of the festival season and they don’t get bigger than the Swindon Festival of Literature, number 17.
In town until 15th May is a great line up of novelists, poets, politicians, philosophers, scientists, storytellers, sportsmen, historians, comedians, artists and activists, to put a spring in your step and stimulate both your heart and you head.
The festival is a celebration of ideas: serious, fascinating, and funny. Also, you get to meet people, new authors, and new ideas. Like reading a book, you never quite know what you will discover.
This year’s Swindon Festival of Literature offers tremendous entertainment, exploration, and ideas galore, for all ages and tastes. It sets out to prove that when readers meet writers, and writers meet readers, enjoyable, interesting, challenging, worthwhile, unpredictable, funny, and memorable things happen.
The festival launched at Lawn Woods on Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 3 May. Each day, 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.
Of course, in true Swindon Festival of Literature tradition, it is not just the famous names that make this festival a high spot on Wiltshire’s cultural calendar. The now nationally-famous Swindon Performance Poetry Slam competition and the schools’ Youth Slam will see participants work wonders with words.
Also on the agenda are a bookish weekend for children and families in Lydiard Park, a philosophical new Think Slam event, the oh-so-exciting Poems, Pints, & Music evening, plus a wide range of literary talks, discussions and readings at theatres, arts venues, libraries, schools, pubs, parks, and even in an ex-cowshed.
Pick up a copy of the 40 page festival programme in one of Swindon’s libraries and information centres or call 466454 or mail: email@example.com
Or read in full at: www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk
Some of the festival visitors, from the top, Cherie Blair, with her book Speaking for Myself on 3 May. Below, actor and raconteur Maureen Lipman with her autobiography Past-it Notes, the first woman Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, brave take no prisoners campaigner for gay rights Peter Tatchell, broadcasting national treasurer Jenni Murray – presented at the festival in association with Swindon Link, former England rugby player, now commentator, Brian Moore, telling a tale or two from the front row and revealing dark moments from his childhold
Pictures from the launch on Monday 3rd May by Lynette Thomas, below
The 2010 Swindon Festival of Literature is made possible by funding from Arts Council England, South West, whose support represents recognition of the good things that have been achieved in literature development in Swindon.
Financial support is also provided by Dominic Winter Book Auctions; Swindon Borough Council’s Culture Swindon & Artswords, and Adult and Families Learning Project; Lower Shaw Farm;
plus valuable support and assistance from First Great Western, the National Union of Teachers, the Swindon Advertiser, Swindon Link Magazine, Holland Handling Recycling, Acorn Press, Waterstone’s Bookshop, Friends of the Festival, as well as a host of other local organisations and individuals.