This year’s Swindon Festival of Literature brings great fiction authors both living and dead together in an exploration of literary lives and wonderful storytelling.
One of the festival’s best-loved writers, Rudyard Kipling, died eighty years ago. Mary Hamer, author of Kipling & Trix, (pictured top) comes at ‘Rud’s’ life from a fresh fictional angle, inextricably linking him with his sister Alice ‘Trix’ Fleming. During her thorough research into Kipling’s life, Hamer became ‘uncomfortably close to a stalker’ and realised ‘his sister’s story was quite as fascinating as his own’. She brings insight into the literary giant’s life and losses on 5th May.
This year’s festival are making full use of the wonderful Swindon Central Library. Best-selling authors Alison Bruce with The Promise, Nicola Cornick with House of Shadows, Bali Rai with Web of Darkness, Joanne Harris with Different Class will be right next to the shelves that stack their books to borrow for free.
Experience stirring storytelling at the Dawn Chorus and on the Storywalk on the May bank holiday, with Carli Green and Libby Musty at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery 6th May, the Children and Families Day 8th May, and the Festival Finale 14 May.
The festival’s organiser, Matt Holland kicks off the inaugural Kaye Franklin Memorial Lecture on 3 May. Kaye was one the festival’s most avid supporters, known to press cash into Matt’s hand after an event to buy the exhausted-looking festival helpers a drink.
In 2011, she was awarded an MBE in recognition of her charity work. For the first lecture, Matt, who knew Kaye, will discuss the role of literature in life.
On a similar theme, ‘man of letters’ D J Taylor author of The Prose Factory, takes a gossipy and entertaining tour through 20th century literary culture. What makes good reading? Has the internet and Amazon brought a kind of chaos to our literary lives?
For more information about events and to book tickets, visit www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk