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ARTSWORDS, Swindon’s Literature Development Programme, is alive and well.

It works to organise, encourage, support, and run creative, entertaining, and educational word-based activities in town.

These include the following:

SWINDON ARTSWORDS READING GROUP – meets monthly to enjoy good book talk!

Regular READING GROUPS – in libraries and elsewhere!

A WRITERS’ CAFÉ, LIFE WRITING GROUPS, and MUM’S THE WORD WRITING GROUP – happen regularly, a chance to meet other writers, get guidance, be inspired, and write!

A MENTORING SERVICE for READERS and WRITERS – available on request!

For further information on any of the above, or any reading or writing related matters, contact Matt Holland on 01793 771080 or e-mail

ARTSWORDS is funded and supported by Arts Council England South West, Swindon Borough Council’s Culture Swindon, and Swindon Libraries Service.

Arts Council, Artswords, Swindon Borough Council

The Swindon Festival of Literature can help you gain your Arts Award, whatever your level:-

  • Attendance at the Dawn Chorus and Festival Finale for experience of a range of art forms such as poetry, storytelling, dance and music - excellent for Explore part B and Bronze part A.
  • Attendance and participation at the Children and Families Day - excellent for Discover part B and Explore part A, B and C.
  • Attendance at fiction author events to learn about the book, the author and how the writer approaches their craft - excellent for Discover and Explore part B (children's authors) or Bronze part B or C; Silver unit 1 part C or D; Gold unit 1 part C (adult authors).
  • Attendance at poetry events to review an event, learn about the poetry created and experience a poet reciting/performing - excellent for Discover part B and Explore part A and B (especially children’s poets); Bronze Award part B and C; Silver unit 1 part C and D; Gold unit 1 part C.
  • Participation in Swindon Slam! (for ages 16 and over) - excellent for Bronze part D; Silver unit 1 part A and B; Gold unit 1 part A.
  • Attendance at non-fiction arts-themed author events - excellent for Gold unit 1 part D.
  • Arts award supporter
  • Participation in the Think Slam (for ages 16 and over) - taking an arts theme as your talk/s - perfect for Gold unit 1 part D.
  • Participation in the Writing Workshop (ages 16 and over) - excellent for Silver unit 1 part A and B; Gold unit 1 part A.
  • Volunteer with the Festival (ages 16 and over) - Silver unit 1 part A and B; Gold unit 1 part B.

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Contact: Swindon Festival of Literature, Lower Shaw Farm, Shaw, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 5PJ Tel: 01793 771080 • E-mail: