Bank Holiday Monday 2 May saw Swindon’s Festival of Literature open with vigour and enthusiasm when well over 100 people turned out to Lawn Woods above Swindon to enjoy the Festival Dawn Chorus.
Snoozing birds were woken by Jake the Juggler, freshly returned from Central America, blowing his musical watering can announcing early morning revelry and Danny the Piper played his Northumbrian pipes.
The Sun Arise Singers warmed the crowd up with some of their melodies, penny-whistler Andria Walton twiddled a few tunes and Music Alive plucked their stringed instruments of Music Alive. Poet Jorge Calderon, who arrived from Nicaragua for a two week stay two days previously, regaled attendees with verse in Spanish and Tony Hillier invited everybody to get active with a dance around the maypole.
Dawn chorus circus performances included a spectacular fire blowing show before attendees tucked into hot bacon butties from the friendly Farmhouse Kitchen and hot coffee aplenty from the hot Coffee Gang.
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All photos by Richard Wintle of Calyx