If you were wondering what to do at 5.30am on this coming Bank Holiday Monday, fret no more. Swindon’s Festival of Literature have a serious alternative to sleep. And it’s free!
The Festival Dawn Chorus allows you to enjoy a beautiful view of Swindon and, weather-permitting, a stunning sunrise from a high point in Lawn Woods.
To kick things off, the last sleeping birds will be woken by Jake the Juggler, fresh from Central America, on his momentarily-musical watering can and by Danny the Piper on his Northumbrian pipes.
Melodies will continue with the Sun Arise Singers; penny-whistler Andria Walton; and the stringed instruments of Music Alive. Nicaraguan poet Jorge Calderon will regale attendees with Latinate verse and Tony Hillier will invite you to dance round the maypole.
And all the way through, there will be dazzling youthful dawn chorus circus performances, with surprises galore!
There’ll be hot bacon butties from the friendly Farmhouse Kitchen and hot coffee aplenty from the hot Coffee Gang.
You can keep up with the action after the action via the merry bunch of Festival Chroniclers, who’ll be composing and recording, in pictures and words, their thoughts on more than 30 events.
To see if you agree with them, at events that you have seen, you can follow their every word at www.festivalchronicle.com
The Swindon Festival of Literature Facebook page and Twitter feeds are also active and lively:
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk