Over 21 years the Swindon Festival of Literature has become a central to the town’s calendar – a celebration of words well written, good conversations and life learning. And it all kicked off at the 5.30am Dawn Chorus on Monday 5 May.
Festival founder and director Matt Holland reflects on what the festival has to come to represent in the town.
Our passion and founding spirit 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, where possible, pleasure.
This is a festival that brings people together in Swindon to enjoy things well-thought, well-written, and well-said.
Now that we are twenty-one, we are meant to be properly grown up. This means that we can not only have fun but also be serious and idealistic about things that matter in our everyday lives.
We intend to do just that, with adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment.
We want this celebration of good writing and clear thinking to connect with the texture of life as we know it, today, yesterday, and in days to come, with all its challenges, difficulties, and delights.
This is the way it is at the Swindon Festival of Literature.
Writers meet readers and readers meet writers. We talk, we listen, we think, we drink a little, and also like to laugh. As a result, enjoyable, interesting, challenging, unpredictable, funny, and even memorable things happen.
In its attempt to lure you along, this year’s Festival includes novelists, poets, philosophers, storytellers, historians, columnists, adventurers, broadcasters, artists, and activists.
To those who have enjoyed the festival already, welcome back. To those who have yet to discover it, our twenty-first year is a great time to start meeting, greeting, and listening to writers, thinkers, entertainers, and fellow festival followers.
See the full programme of events for 2014
Images from the Dawn Chorus festival launch on Monday 5 May by Richard Wintle of Calyx
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The 2014 Swindon Festival of Literature is made possible by funding from Arts Council England, South West.
Financial support is also provided by Dominic Winter Book Auctions; Swindon Borough Council, Artswords, and the Council’s Adult Community Learning project; and Lower Shaw Farm.
It has also received valuable assistance from Swindon Link Swindon Advertiser, BBC Wiltshire, Swindon 105.5, TotalSwindon.com, Acorn Press, Waterstones and Pen & Paper bookshop, Central Library’s Visitor Information Service, Friends of the Festival, as well as a host of other local organisations and individuals.