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​​This year, the Festival’s main focus is Swindon: its writers, its readers, its performers, and above all, its many lovers of literature, culture, and the arts.


We also welcome national and international authors, speakers, and performers to Swindon.


Ours is a Festival which knows Swindon well and has faith in its followers, believing them eager to explore ideas, have a go at good reading, brave talking, and creative writing.


Freedom of expression and information is ours to embrace and enjoy!


This year we celebrate literature, life, and the arts with Festival standing dishes such as the ever-popular Dawn Chorus; a series of fascinating author talks and presentations; Artswords writing workshops; a day of poetry in a park, on the Downs, and down on the farm; a Flash Fiction Slam; a new Film night; a bookbinding course; a brimful Children & Families Activities Day; and a fabulous Festival Finale!


On Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, the Festival is particularly excited to be supporting and helping promote a brand-new one-day all-day circus and outdoor arts festival in Lawn Woods, especially for Swindon.


So, there will be events daily, from dawn to dusk, carefully spaced and placed to enable you to attend as many as your own timetable and stamina allow.


For the full at-a-glance Festival diary, see HERE


If you have any queries, give us a shout, or even a whisper, on 01793 771080 or email  


Now, please read on, and come along!

Matt Holland

Festival Organiser


P.S. Information about events that took place in recent years, both physical and virtual, is still available to see here.


5th to 12th May 2024

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