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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 17

Photo credit: Tom Griffiths

Libby Jackson

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
12.30pm • 17 May • £8 (£7)
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LIBBY JACKSON – on women in space!

Libby Jackson is one of Britain’s leading experts in human spaceflight, having spent over a decade working at the forefront of the field. Space was a childhood passion and after completing degrees in physics at Imperial College and astronautics and space engineering at Cranfield University, she has worked in the space industry ever since.

Libby spent seven years working at the European Space Agency’s Mission Control for the International Space Station in a number of roles including her dream job as a Columbus Flight Director. She played a key role in Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station and continues to work in the field. Libby is a frequent contributor on television and radio, including Stargazing Live, The Big Think: Should We Go To Mars? and Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Photo credit: Natalie Dawkins

Libby Page

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
6.30pm • 17 May • £8 (£7)
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LIBBY PAGE – on swimming outside the lanes, in conversation with Josie Cowgill.

What’s the big deal with outdoor exercise, in water? Who’d have thought that an outdoor swimming pool could be so special, hold so many treasured memories, and that saving it would produce even more love and friendship? Saving special things together and swimming in special places together clearly brings good people together.

Fashion journalist, outdoor swimmer, and community campaigner, Libby Page has had her first novel, The Lido, published to great acclaim, in numerous parts of the world, and with a film to follow. If you like swimming, being outdoors, saving things that matter, or making friends with nice people, or all four, then this is a book and an event for you!

DOUBLE TICKET £15 for two events:
Libby Page 6.30pm and Peggy Seeger 8pm

Peggy Seeger

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 17 May • £10 (£9)
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PEGGY SEEGER – on the First Time Ever... in conversation, with us!

Singer of traditional Anglo-American songs, with more than 200 hundred in her repertoire, one a major anthem of the women’s movement, and 23 solo albums; activist and multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, and concertina; and holder of honorary doctorates in Art from the universities of Salford and Oxford, Peggy Seeger, whose childhood was steeped in music and politics, both of which remain her lifeblood, has now written her memoir, First Time Ever.

In her life as musician and activist, Peggy helped lay the foundations of the British folk revival and inspired and sang one of the twentieth century’s most popular love songs, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

DOUBLE TICKET £15 for two events:
Libby Page 6.30pm and Peggy Seeger 8pm

Elizabeth St. John

Lydiard House Lydiard Park SN5 3PA
Tel 01793 524481
7pm • 17 May • £7 (£6)
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ELIZABETH ST. JOHN – on her latest book in the Lydiard Chronicles.

As England falls into bloody civil war, family loyalty is called into question and love is the final battleground.

For her latest book, By Love Divided, English-born author living in California, Elizabeth St. John has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle and Lydiard Park, to Castle Fonmon and The Tower of London to inspire her writing. Although her ancestors sold a few mansions and country homes along the way – it’s hard to keep a good castle going these days – Elizabeth’s family still occupy them, in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost.