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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 524481.

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

Love literature

Nell Mcandrew

Nell Mcandrew
Mon May 4

Jung Chang

Jung Chang
Wed May 6

Daisy Christodoulou

Daisy Christodoulou
Wed May 6

Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh
Tue May 12

A C Grayling

A C Grayling
Wed May 13

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson
Thu May 14

Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig
Tue May 5

Tony Hawks

Tony Hawks
Thu May 7

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer
Mon May 11

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner
Wed May 13

Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti
Thu May 14

Suzannah Lipscomb

Suzannah Lipscomb
Fri May 15

Welcome to the twenty-second
Swindon Festival of Literature!

Do you like ideas?

We are a festival of ideas.

And ideas come out of good writing, especially fiction. Novels are one of the best ways to address tricky truths; and poetry too, which is happy saying one thing and making you think of another.

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

But if you want to tackle ideas head on, with no mincing of words, we have that too, with scientists, historians, broadcasters, adventurers, philosophers, artists, activists, educationists, and plain speakers.

We like to share new ideas, hear old and new stories, listen to good readings, have dangerous discussions, discover new writing, flutter certain dovecotes, pursue a little pleasure, meet new faces, and see familiar ones too.

This is a festival that brings people together, in Swindon, to enjoy things well-thought, well-written, and well-said. Writers meet readers and readers meet writers. We talk, we listen, we think, we drink, and also like to laugh. As a result, enjoyable, interesting, challenging, unpredictable, funny, and even memorable things happen.

Our opening ceremony, comprising mental and physical fun and the rising sun, takes place outdoors at dawn on that high ridge in Lawn Woods, overlooking Swindon.

For the following fortnight, there will be authors and events daily, at midday, teatime, and in the evening, carefully spaced and placed to enable you to attend as many as your own timetable and stamina allow.

For the full at-a-glance Festival diary, see the List of Events page.

And then, mark your own diary, so that from 4th to 16th May you know where to be.

Matt Holland

Please read on, and come along.

Matt Holland

Festival Director

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