The Swindon Festival of Literature was launched on a sunny day at the end of March with the unveiling of this year’s brochure and the latest Artswords project – the Butterfly Wall in Swindon Central Library, writes Pete Davison.
So who and what’s in the programme this year?
- Actor, explorer and author for whom the phrase ‘larger than life’ was invented, Brian Blessed, below.
- Best-selling novelists Louis de Bernieres and Joanne Harris.
- Lucy Jones on loving and loathing foxes, Stephen Moss and his mission to bring back Britain’s wildlife.
- Tim Marshall and the politics of maps and Hilary Bradt telling tales about ‘silver’ travellers.
- A N Wilson on reading the Bible and Roger Scruton musing on The Soul of the World.
- Comedian Isy Suttie, top, who wants to stay at an exciting age and Dom Joly (sponsored by Swindon Link and The Ocelot) stumbling through show business.
- Celebrating Swindon in words, pictures and music, and 25 years of twinning with Ocotal in Nicaragua.
- Politicians Vince Cable, centre, and Ken Livingstone explaining a few things.
And the annual favourites – the Dawn Chorus, the Children and Families Day, Youth and Swindon Slams, the Think Slam and Festival Finale.
And lots, lots more: speakers, thinkers, writers, musicians and poets!
See www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk for all the events and ticket details.
And read about the launch in full at www.festivalchronicle.co.uk