The launch of Swindon's Spring Festival has been cancelled and the event itself has been thrown into doubt - in light of the latest Covid-19 advice from the Government.
Organiser Matt Holland writes:
"In view of the latest instructions from the Government, to stay at home and only go out for essential supplies or activities, organisers of the Swindon Spring Festival have cancelled the planned programme launch at midday on Thursday 26th March.
Even as planned, well-spaced in the open air, in a farm field, with a backdrop of birch tree and birdsong, it would be wrong; and the Festival wants to do things that are right, for us all.
If anyone would like to receive a hardcopy programme, please write to the Festival at email@example.com and we will put one in the post to you.
The likelihood that most of the scheduled live Festival events in May will now not take place is a real one.
However, there are other ways of enjoying what authors have written and may like to say.
Festival followers can buy or borrow books described in the programme, and read them, especially if finding themselves in enforced isolation. What better companion, to lift the spirits, than a good read!
One book that the Festival would especially like to recommend is A Saint in Swindon by Alice Jolly. It’s due to be published by Fairlight Books on 10th April, and is brilliant, topical, wise, entertaining, serious, funny, set in Swindon, and, in many ways, the perfect read in these tricky and troubling times.
One more bit of better news. It is likely that during May, at their allotted times and dates as advertised in the programme, a number of kind authors will present online talks and q&as, for us, just as they might have done live at the Festival.
If anyone needs to know more, at any time, please write to the Festival at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 771080.