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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.

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

Saturday May 13

Writing Workshop and Writers’ Lunch with Alice Jolly

Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon SN5 5PJ
Tel 01793 771080
12.30pm – 5pm • 13 May • £30


12.30pm – 1.30pm: WRITERS’ LUNCH

– where healthy homemade food will nourish you and meeting other writers at table may inspire you!


Writing is a solitary business. Writing well is a tricky one. Writing good prose, fact or fiction, for others to read, is even harder.

How can we do it better and produce work which others want to read?

This workshop is aimed at writers of fiction, short stories, novels, plays, or memoirs.

There will be inspiring writing exercises, with prompts; time for thinking, discussion, and individual questions.

Together, we will be looking at four key skills: finding the right details; understanding voice and viewpoint; creating structure; and editing.

Participants will leave with new skills, inspiration, and the confidence to move on with their own chosen writing project.

The workshop is suitable for experienced writers, who will gain new insights, and newcomers, who will discover helpful ways into writing. In other words, anyone interested in improving their writing skills, receiving good guidance, and meeting other writers is welcome.

Bring your laptops, if you wish; and preferred writing instruments and materials too.

Workshop leader Alice Jolly is the author of a prize-winning memoir and two novels, with a third due out shortly. She is a commissioned playwright and a tutor of creative writing on the MSt course at the University of Oxford.

Festival Finale

Town Hall, Regent Circus SN1 1QG
Tel 01793 601700
7.30pm • 13 May £12 (£10)


Rhyme, rhythm, music, stories, and wordplay with poets, singers, storytellers, and live musicians, in a relaxed cabaret setting, this promises to be a fitting Finale for the twenty-fourth Swindon Festival of Literature!

Words, music, and mischief will come chiefly from instrumental and vocally-inspired Tongue Fu, a spoken word and music squad, that promise a rigorously riotous show of live literature, music, and improvisation.

Fronted by verbally-dexterous poet- musician Chris Redmond, the Tongue Fu band are Riaan Vosloo on bass, Arthur Lea on keys, and Pat Davey on drums. Together, with quick wit and musical dexterity, Tongue Fu, from London, will tap into the Swindon vibe and take us on a musically and vocally frolicsome ride.

Songs will be sung by sparkling singing trio Barberelle, aka Linda Lee, Vicky Sweeney, and Kate Rowe, who run singing sessions here, there, and everywhere. Their songs also come from here, there, and everywhere!

Note. Their name, Barberelle, has nothing to do with the 1960s film Barbarella. It comes from the French word for barbershop singers.

Adding further poetic input to the mix will be poet Vanessa Kisuule, hailed ‘brilliant empress of blag’. Multi-Slam winner, Vanessa has done turns on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Blue Peter, and performed at Glastonbury, in Vienna, and New York. Her debut collection of poems is Joyriding the Storm.

And bringing tales of today, yesterday, and forever to the Finale will be international storyteller Rachel Rose Reid. Reckoned to have been ‘raised with one foot in the folk circuit and the other in the urban sprawl’, Rachel’s stories are timeless, universal, and terrific too!