A Swindon Affair at The Platform, Faringdon Road: Saturday 7 May
Swindon is a town whose writers, artists and musicians have recorded many aspects of the town’s rich heritage and close communities.
A two part event during the Swindon Festival of Literature will explore the rich cultural outpouring:
3pm to 5pm: A free session to meet authors, painters and the media – a chance to see the wealth of books published about Swindon covering its surprising social history, its poetry, and painting, as well as meeting some of the people behind the best publishing for Swindon people today, including Swindon Heritage Magazine, Swindon Link magazine, Swindon Advertiser and Swindon Viewpoint community television.
6pm to 9pm: A multi-media evening of readings and performances. How can work by local authors steer us toward Swindon’s future? John Chandler, author of Swindon Decoded, will reflect on the breadth of local work published. Tickets are £6 adult and £5 child.
It’s a day to reflect on Swindon, past, present and future.
Find out more about the Swindon Festival of Literature
Facts, figures, memories and much more from the legend that is Swindon Works
What made Great Western Railway’s works in Swindon great? Was it the world-renowned apprentice scheme, the fact that it was responsible for putting the town at the forefront of the industrial revolution and created the success that it is today, or the fact that those who worked there felt like part of one big family?
Swindon Works: The Legend is a new book by well known railway historian Rosa Matheson from Highworth. She’s drawn together facts and statistics, interviews, inside information, illustrations and samples of the works’ unique vocabulary, to present a popular, accessible account of an important part of the nation’s transport heritage.
Presented in short sections, and illustrated with photographs of the works and the workforce through the ages, readers can pick up snippets of Swindon’s railway history in an easy-to-digest format from technical information on steam engines to social history trends such as the varying numbers of workers employed over the years.
This comprehensive account of Swindon Works in the Swindon 175 year is available from www.thehistorypress.co.uk
Swindon Then and Now, compare and contrast past and present images at Steam Museum