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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.

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Tuesday May 9

Charlotte Green

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
12.30pm • 9 May • £7 (£6)
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CHARLOTTE GREEN – the woman behind the voice!

Are you a Radio 4 listener? Do you tune to Classic FM’s arts and culture programme? On Saturdays, is the 5pm reading of the football results on Radio 5 Live a key part of your week? Are you interested in a look behind the scenes of radio?

For twenty-seven years, the clear, calm, velvety voice of Charlotte Green was a staple on Radio 4, reassuring in times of trouble and delightful when delight was right. In her autobiography, The News is Read, we meet the woman whose voice we already know.

Philip Hook

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
6.30pm • 9 May • £8 (£7)
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PHILIP HOOK – on how dealers in art determine taste in art.

What is a work of art worth? What gives a work of art its value? How are pictures priced? Who makes money from art? How? Who determines taste in art? Why do some works of art end up in galleries and others not? Who prostitutes their art for commercial gain and who does not? What’s that painting worth? Any other questions?

Author of books on the art world, picture expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, and a director of Impressionist & Modern Art at Sotheby’s in London, Philip Hook knows a thing or two about those who trade in art. In his latest book, Rogues’ Gallery – a history of art and its dealers, he takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the cunning and cleverness of its practitioners, and their influence on the development of and taste in Western art.

DOUBLE TICKET £13 for two events:
Philip Hook 6.30pm and John Rees 8pm

Marianne Taylor & Rachel Warren Chadd

Central Library Regent Circus SN1 1QG
Tel 01793 466454
7pm • 9 May • £5 (£4)

MARIANNE TAYLOR & RACHEL WARREN CHADD – on Birds: Myth, Lore, and Legend.

What are the links between feathered descendants of dinosaurs and hairy descendants of monkeys? What are some of the beliefs, proverbs, and predictions associated with birds the world over? Why was the robin thought a bad omen if it entered a house? Why did people decorate their homes with the dried skins of kingfishers?

As the child of two librarians, Marianne Taylor grew up loving books but not as much as she came to love butterflies and birds! She is now the author of more than a dozen books for adults and children on a range of natural history subjects.

Editor and writer, Rachel Warren Chadd is fascinated by myth, lore, and legend from the natural world. Subjects of her writing have included covert Caribbean rituals, llamas, and lions!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Marianne Taylor is unable to attend but the event still goes ahead with Rachel Warren Chadd and their splendid book!’

John Rees

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 9 May • £8 (£7)
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JOHN REES – on The Leveller Revolution.

‘In 1649, to St George’s Hill, a ragged band they called The Diggers came to show the people’s will, they defied the landlords, they defied the laws, they were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs. We come in peace, they said, to dig and sow, we come to work the lands in common and to make the waste ground grow, this earth divided we will make whole so it will be a common treasury for all.’

In his latest book, The Leveller Revolution, author, historian, broadcaster, and Research Fellow at Goldsmith’s, University of London, John Rees, tells a story that reasserts the role of ordinary people in the history of democracy.

DOUBLE TICKET £13 for two events:
Philip Hook 6.30pm and John Rees 8pm