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

ONLINE TICKET SALES

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… swindontheatres.co.uk

BOOK BY PHONE

To book by phone, call the number beside the event.

ON THE DAY

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.

DOUBLE TICKETS

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.

Sunday May 13

Children & Families Day

Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon SN5 5PJ
Tel 01793 771080
10am – 4pm 13 May £5 adult • £4 child
Light refreshments, snacks, and lunches available on site!

CHILDREN & FAMILIES DAY – a day for all ages, families and children, together!

Presented in association with the LOWER SHAW FARM CHILDREN’S PROJECT

10.30am: CAMPFIRE STORYTELLING with John Row

…veteran storyteller who has told tales at Glastonbury and on four continents; and is currently collecting stories from Transylvania. Come and hear some, round the fire and from around the world!

10.30am onwards: CIRCUS250 CARAVAN with Dea Birkett.

It’s 250 years since the first circus took place. Do you know the story of circuses? Have you ever wondered where circus performers live, before they go into the Big Top? How do they make their costumes or paint their faces? How do they turn their caravan table into a caravan bed? Come inside a cosy circus caravan and find out!

10.30am onwards: HILDA’S HAPPY HUT, with Dressing-up Clothes, Walks, Poems, and Stories with Hilda Sheehan.

Starts in the front garden, with dressing up clothes and stories; and leads to walks round by barn, garden, orchard, and pond.

Ages: suitable for up to eight years but older children welcome, and parents too!

10.30am: PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP with Vicky Hirsch.

The animals went in two by two…

11am: Circus & Performance Workshop with Darine and Jacob

…in a playful environment for children of all ages. Group games, creating scenes, learning prop-based skills like hula hoop and juggling WARNING: these sessions may contain mini helpings of mayhem.

11.30am: TEENY TINY TALES with storyteller and author Cat Weatherill.

Action, rhymes, and lots of fun, a jolly good time for a little ‘un! Cat will also show her latest picture book Breathe: a four year old dragon has problems with over-excitement until he discovers – yoga! Smiles guaranteed for 4–6 year olds or anyone who feels that sort of age!

12.30pm: The Lifeboat that Saved the World by and with Dr Irving Finkel

For all ages, the original account of the great flood: a story from Ancient Mesopotamia of survival against the odds, told through the eyes of a child but by a wise, funny, and beautifully-bearded man, who looks after very old writing and language at the British Museum.

1pm: Circus & Performance Workshop with Darine and Jacob

…in a playful environment for children of all ages. Group games, creating scenes, learning prop-based skills like hula hoop and juggling WARNING: these sessions may contain mini helpings of mayhem.

3pm: FINALE: A Circus show and lots of fun, for everyone!

Darine and Jacob, a couple of circus monkeys, fresh from the jungles of Central America, swing each other around, and throw colourful things in the air for your enjoyment. There are also rumours of child circus superstars fresh from morning and afternoon workshops making appearances! A fabulous Finale for EVERYONE!

All day, look out for WATERSTONES bookstall with their wonderful selection of books, games, quizzes, and word-fun for everyone!

ALSO, on Children and Families Day at Lower Shaw Farm, there may be a TREASURE HUNT, TALKING with the ANIMALS, READING & WRITING TIME, and maybe even a little bit of PLAY, ROPE-SWINGING, and HAMMOCK-JUMPING in the BIG BARN! Come, and have fun!

Our Stories

Central Library, Regent Circus SN1 1QG
Tel 01793 466454
7pm • 13 May • Free!

OUR STORIES – an evening of storytelling, with Cat Weatherill and friends.

In April and during the Festival, Cat Weatherill came to Swindon Central Library and ran two storytelling workshops for anyone interested in real life stories.

This event, which brings together a number of short spoken stories from a variety of participants who attended the workshops, is the result. Come and enjoy their stories!

Two Poets & A Bargain with the Light

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
6.30pm • 13 May • £8 (£7)
Book this event online

TWO POETS: the last work of SEBASTIAN BARKER and the latest by HILARY DAVIES.

Sebastian Barker (1945 – 2014), with thirteen volumes of poetry and three collections of essays to his name, was the first author to appear at the first Swindon Festival of Literature, in May 1994. He liked what he saw in Swindon. When funding was low and uncertainty high, it was Sebastian who said, ‘This Festival can fly!’ Today, we remember him by presenting poems from his last collection, Land of Gold.

Hilary Davies, who was married to Sebastian, is a translator, critic, and author of four collections of poetry, the latest of which is Exile and the Kingdom.

A BARGAIN WITH THE LIGHT: Poems after Lee Miller with JACQUELINE SAPHRA.

Acclaimed poet Jacqueline Saphra, has created a unique tribute to Lee Miller’s stunning photographs and exuberant life. Miller was first a model and then a photographer, and became one of the only women photojournalists during the Second World War. She was famously photographed having a wash in Hitler’s bathtub on the day he died. A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller is a sequence of sonnets, written in response to photographs taken between 1914 and 1945.

DOUBLE TICKET £12 for two events:
Two Poets / A Bargain with the Light 6.30pm and Louise Jordan 8pm

No Petticoats Here

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 13 May • £8 (£7)
Book this event online

NO PETTICOATS HERE with LOUISE JORDAN.

many remarkable women who served in the Great War, award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician Louise Jordan shares the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations. These include the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders, and the so-called ‘surplus million’ of single women.

DOUBLE TICKET £12 for two events:
Two Poets / A Bargain with the Light 6.30pm and Louise Jordan 8pm