Swindon Literature Festival line-up announced


Swindon’s 24th Festival of Literature will see a host of literary luminaries head for the town.

Among the authors who will be appearing at the event in May are author and politician David Owen; prize-winning novelists Lionel Shriver, Mark Lawson and Xiaolu Guo; columnist Polly Toynbee; psychiatrist-author Oliver James; philosophers Roman Krznaric and Stephen Law; courageous funny woman Francesca Martinez; science guru Marcus du Sautoy; kidnap-survivor Terry Waite; Archers’ linchpin Graham Harvey; royal writer Ingrid Seward; solo explorer Benedict Allen, and radio’s Charlotte ‘the voice’ Green.

The festival, which is funded by the Arts Council, also includes the early-morning dawn chorus; the eighth Swindon Think Slam; a children and families day; the twenty-first Swindon Poetry Slam; and the Poems, Pints, and Music Finale.

The free event is now firmly established on Wiltshire’s cultural calendar. It is loved locally and held in high regard nationally.

Running from 1 – 13 May, the two-week event will feature numerous other talks, discussions, readings, and storytelling at main theatres, arts venues, libraries, parks, museums and galleries.

The 40-page colour programme for the event will be launched at Swindon’s Central Library at noon on March 16.