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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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Wednesday May 10

Photo credit: © Paul Clarke

Clover Stroud

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
12.30pm • 10 May • £7 (£6)
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CLOVER STROUD – from Wiltshire to a wild world, and back!

A teenager’s happy life in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered when a horrific accident leaves her mother brain-damaged. What should she do? How would she cope? What does the world offer a young and troubled soul that Wiltshire does not? What do any of us look for when we travel, when we seek, when we dare, and when we love?

Writer, journalist, and mother, Clover Stroud, looked for and found many things, including gypsy camps in Ireland, rodeos in Texas, rough rides in Russia, and quite a few terrific and tricky relationships along the way. In The Wild Other she tells a grippingly-honest story of loss, trauma, adventure, love, and the healing power of nature.

Catherine Mayer

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
6.30pm & 8pm• 10 May • £8 (£7)
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CATHERINE MAYER – on an enraging and hilarious tour of the world of gender inequalities.

What does gender-equality mean? What are its outcomes? In how many ways is it possible? Is it party political? Is it happening anywhere? Do you know what’s going on in Iceland? What and when is the Day Off? What is the Representation of the People Act? Any more questions?

Writer, biographer, former Europe editor of TIME magazine, and co-founder, in 2015, with Sandi Toksvig, of the Women’s Equality Party, Catherine Mayer is author of Attack of the 50ft Women, a book of insights, stories, and explanations, especially on how change for the better can happen!

DOUBLE TICKET £13 for two events:
Catherine Mayer 6.30pm and Vanessa Lafaye, Rachel Crowther, & Gillian Best 8pm

Vanessa Lafaye, Rachel Crowther, and Gillian Best

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 10 May • £8 (£7)
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VANESSA LAFAYE, RACHEL CROWTHER, and GILLIAN BEST – three novelists on three new novels!

To write for oneself is self-expression. To write for others is communication. To write fiction that is a good read is a way of approaching truths that are tricky to tell. How to do it? Here are three writers who have done it and may have some answers, especially for anyone working on their own writing projects.

Singer and author of one previous best-selling novel, Summertime, Vanessa Lafaye has now written At First Light. Set largely in Florida, it’s a story of a decades-old grievance and a promise made on a night which changed many lives, forever.

Doctor, walker, and mother, Rachel Crowther is a prize-winning writer of short fiction. Two novels by her have also been published, the most recent being The Things You Do For Love.

Keen swimmer and prize-winning writer Gillian Best, originally from Canada, is the debut-author of The Last Wave, which presents a tragic- comic portrait of family life, a story ‘soaked in empathy and salt water’.

DOUBLE TICKET £13 for two events:
Catherine Mayer 6.30pm and Vanessa Lafaye, Rachel Crowther, & Gillian Best 8pm

Mark Sherratt

The Tuppenny, Devizes Road SN1 4BD
Tel 01793 323643
9pm • 10 May • Free!

MARK SHERRATT – on a career in pictures that tell stories.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Do pictures of big known things tell more important stories than pictures of the unknown and often unseen? What do we get from pictures that we cannot get any other way?

Photographer and videographer Mark Sherratt moved to Swindon in 1977 to pursue a career in skateboarding but when he discovered that he was not actually that good at it, he found he had more talent with a camera than a board on wheels. Mark will talk about how Swindon inspired him and launched him on his career as international photographer.