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Reservations

See details included with each event

Tickets for most events can be booked in advance either online, by phone, or from the venue box office.

ONLINE TICKET SALES

For most events, you can book your tickets online by clicking the "Book this event online" link beside the event details. All bookable events can also be found in the May section at… swindontheatres.co.uk

BOOK BY PHONE

To book by phone, call the number beside the event.

ON THE DAY

Or, on the day, tickets, if still available, can be bought on the door at each venue.

But please, with popular events, please check first for availability!

The ticket price in brackets applies to people entitled to concessions.

DOUBLE TICKETS

Most evening events scheduled at Swindon Arts Centre are available to buy as a double ticket at a reduced price. But these discounted tickets cannot be bought online. Should you wish to purchase double tickets, please call the box office on 01793 614837 or 01793 524481.

If you have any queries about booking or the Festival in general, please email us or ring 01793 771080.

Love literature

Alexandra Heminsley

Alexandra Heminsley
Mon May 5

Bee Wilson

Bee Wilson
Wed May 7

Gavin & Tom

Gavin & Tom
Wed May 7

David Pearson

David Pearson
Thu May 8

Stefan Collini

Stefan Collini
Fri May 9

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson
Sun May 11

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt
Thu May 15

Anne Widdecombe

Anne Widdecombe
Tue May 6

John Carey

John Carey
Wed May 7

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce
Thu May 8

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi
Fri May 9

Korky Paul

Korky Paul
Sun May 11

Nathan Filer

Nathan Filer
Mon May 12

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn
Thu May 15

Welcome to the twenty-first
Swindon Festival of Literature!

Our passion and founding spirit is rooted in love of the word, good reading, exploratory talk, finding out about things, making connections, and the notion that life is for learning, and, where possible, pleasure.

This is a festival that brings people together in Swindon to enjoy things well-thought, well-written, and well-said.

Now that we are twenty-one, we are meant to be properly grown up. This means that we can not only have fun but also be serious and idealistic about things that matter in our everyday lives.

We intend to do just that, with adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment.

If you like the idea of Literature celebrated this way, please read on. We want this celebration of good writing and clear thinking to connect with the texture of life as we know it, today, yesterday, and in days to come, with all its challenges, difficulties, and delights.

This is the way it is at the Swindon Festival of Literature. Writers meet readers and readers meet writers. We talk, we listen, we think, we drink a little, and also like to laugh. As a result, enjoyable, interesting, challenging, unpredictable, funny, and even memorable things happen.

In its attempt to lure you along, this year’s Festival includes novelists, poets, philosophers, storytellers, historians, columnists, adventurers, broadcasters, artists, and activists.

For the full at-a-glance Festival diary, turn to the centre pages of this programme.

And then, mark your own diary, so that from 5th to 17th May you know where to be, if you want to be meeting, greeting, and listening to writers, thinkers, entertainers, and fellow Festival followers.

Matt Holland

Please read on, and come along.

Matt Holland

Festival Director/Organiser

Dominic Winter

On 20th October 2014, DOMINIC WINTER died peacefully at his home.

Dominic was key in the founding of the first Swindon Festival of Literature in 1994. It was his idea and his wish that there be ‘something bookish’ in Swindon.

His company, Dominic Winter Book Auctions has supported the Festival throughout its twenty-one years.

Dominic was a fan of the Festival, a loyal supporter, and key member of our Steering Group.

He was a good friend and is sorely missed.

Note. Dominic’s funeral service is private, for family only, but a memorial service is planned for early in 2015.
In his memory, donations can be made to Cancer Research UK
.

Lower Shaw Farm Dominic Winter Book Auctions