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


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…


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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.


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.

Friday May 11

Photo credit: Peter Clark

Christie Watson

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
12.30pm • 11 May • £8 (£7)
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CHRISTIE WATSON – on the universal language of kindness.

We have or will all be nursed at some point during our lives and maybe nurse loved ones too. Nursing is a profession defined by acts of care, compassion, and kindness. Nurses are seen as the backbone of the NHS, which this year celebrates its seventieth anniversary.

Before becoming a prize-winning author, Christie Watson was a registered nurse, for twenty years. Now, in her third book, The Language of Kindness, set to be one of the most talked-about books in 2018, we get a unique insider account, in turn tender and fierce, compassionate and kind, of life on the wards.

Photo credit: Jay Varner

Rachel Hewitt

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
6.30pm • 11 May • £8 (£7)
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RACHEL HEWITT – on the years that forged the modern mind.

Presented in association with Arts and Humanities Research Council

In the late eighteenth century, Britain underwent what was then called ‘the most important of all revolutions…a revolution in sentiments’.

British radicals concocted new political worlds to enshrine healthier human emotions and relationships.

But by the end of the century, feverish optimism had given way to bleak disappointment, and changed the way we think about human need and longing.

A Revolution of Feeling by prize-winning author Rachel Hewitt is a vivid and absorbing account of the beginning of an emotional landscape preoccupied by guilt, sin, failure, resignation, and repression, and the origins of our contemporary approach to feeling and desire.

DOUBLE TICKET £13 for two events:
Rachel Hewitt 6.30pm and Alan Winfield 8pm

Alan Winfield

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 11 May • £8 (£7)
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ALAN WINFIELD – on the societal impact of Robotics and Artificial intelligence.

Presented in association with the Swindon Philosophical Society

What is the Artificial Intelligence that makes robots smart? What is the future of robots in society? What are the ethical perspectives of Artificial Intelligence? Any other questions?

Professor of Robot Ethics at UWE, co-founder of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, guest on Radio 4’s Life Scientific, Alan Winfield is an advocate for robot ethics and author of Robotics: a very short introduction. In it, he explains how it is that robotics can be both a success story and a disappointment, how robots can be both ordinary and remarkable, and looks at the science behind them and their applications to everyday life.

DOUBLE TICKET £13 for two events:
Rachel Hewitt 6.30pm and Alan Winfield 8pm