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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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Thursday May 10

John Tusa

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
12.30pm • 10 May • £8 (£7)
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JOHN TUSA – on getting it right, getting it wrong, and Making a Noise!

Founding presenter of BBC’s Newsnight, former Managing Director of BBC World Services and the Barbican Centre, President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, co-chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra, veteran broadcaster, and author of Art Matters and Pain in the Arts, John Tusa has fought a few verbal battles in defence of the arts, culture, and the integrity of universities.

In his newly-published memoir, Making a Noise, etched with candour and humour, he recounts the challenges he’s faced in his attempts to get things right.

Photo credit: Mike Beard

Edith Hall

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
6.30pm • 10 May • £9 (£8)
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EDITH HALL – on how ancient wisdom can work, for you, today!

Today, in our modern lives, do we still have anything in common with ancient philosophers? Can they still teach us something, about how to work well, how to play well, how to live well, and how to be happy?

Apparently, yes. Aristotle was a great thinker whose ideas and advice do not go out of fashion. His timeless teachings are precisely what we need today, even if we don’t know our Odyssey from our Iliad. Aristotle offers advice on how to understand our own character, how to make good decisions, how to do well in interviews, and even how to make friends and choose a life-partner!

Author and editor of more than a dozen works on the ancient world, broadcaster, international speaker, and award-winning classicist, Professor Edith Hall has now written Aristotle’s Way – how ancient wisdom can change your life…today!

DOUBLE TICKET £15 for two events:
Edith Hall 6.30pm and Viv Albertine 8pm

Viv Albertine

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 10 May • £9 (£8)
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VIV ALBERTINE – on To Throw Away Unopened.

How far can we tell our own story? How do we distinguish truth from longings? Why does love bring as much pain as it does joy? How do families work, at their best and worst? And what about relationships? What part do music, art, self expression, and humour play in a full, free, and meaningful life?

Former songwriter and guitarist in post-Punk band The Slits, film actor and director, with a solo album and book-of-the-year memoir to her name, Viv Albertine now has a new book, To Throw Away Unopened. It is a fearless dissection of one woman’s search for truths, about family, power, intimacy, love, and her identity as rebel and outsider. It’s full of tough truths, neatly side-stepping prissy propriety, and is written with insight, wit, and wisdom.

DOUBLE TICKET £15 for two events:
Edith Hall 6.30pm and Viv Albertine 8pm