Poetry Swindon Festival, now in its fourth year, is starting to gain a personality, writes Hilda Sheehan.
Our hopes for the festival have always been to offer up events that are welcoming, enjoyable, and with a range of styles and moods.
This year our short four and a half days from will reach out to the Central Library, Savernake Community Centre, Richard Jefferies Museum, the Museum of Computing, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, the Wiltshire & Berkshire Canal, the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, and Lower Shaw Farm.
It will be a celebration of Swindon’s great heritage as well as poetry and we are very proud of what our town can offer the country, and the rest of the world. The programme includes a poetry party, Minecraft poetry world, poetry lunch and tea, poetry films, poetry drumming and poetry mosaicing as well as poetry luminaries such as Jo Bell, Pascale Petit, Andy Jackson, Kei Miller, Robert Vas Dais and many more – and also the launch of Poetry Postcards featuring original poems on one side and original artwork on the other.
The festival starts on Thursday 1 October in the Central Library and you’re invited to bring favourite poems or your own poems to share.
Swindon is a surprising town – like the best of poems, so come and enjoy it all with us.
Find out more at: www.poetryswindon.org
Pictured top left, Jo Bell by Lee Allen. Right, Kei Miller by Martin Figura