The next Swindon Festival of Literature takes place 3rd – 9th May 2021. 

NOTE: For most events, you do not have to register or buy tickets.

Most events will premiere on YouTube, at no compulsory charge, at the click of a button, at the times and on the dates as advertised in this programme, or after . . . but not before.

Please subscribe to the Festival’s YouTube channel (HERE), go to your desired events and request ‘reminder’.


To be part of the ‘audience’ for a live event, or a workshop participant (on Zoom), go to the event listing, in advance, and click on the registration link.

Till then, don’t worry. You won’t miss a thing!​

This no-charge-access to most events means that the Festival effectively gets no ticket income.

We therefore need your help. If you are able to support this year’s Festival, and ensure its future,

especially after seeing and enjoying it this year, please use our DONATE button. Thank you.

Covid19 has a lot to answer for, not least of which is the loss of life, the interruption to education, and disruption of the economy. Thank goodness for human ingenuity, cutting edge science, generous sponsors, and digital technology, which have all combined to ensure the survival of the arts, at some level. We are lucky that Literature, as a written and spoken word-based activity, lends itself to being presented successfully in a variety of ways, including live or online.

This year, there will be online events daily - some live in real time, others recorded - at midday, afternoon, teatime, and in the evening, carefully spaced and placed to enable you to ‘attend’, view, or hear as many as your own timetable and stamina allow (and YouTube allows you to set reminders for the events you wish to watch). For the full at-a-glance Festival full programme diary see HERE.

Now, please read on, and, virtually-speaking, come along.

Looking forward to reconnecting in May!

Matt Holland

Festival Organiser

If you have any questions or would like to go on our mailing list, please contact us at: or call 01793 771080 or subscribe to our email list.

PS. During lockdowns, Swindon Writers have been busy. See Swindon Writing flier.


PPS. Virtual Festival events that took place in 2020 are still available to enjoy online!​ See virtual mini festival.

There are also a number of filmed treats, provided by Swindon Viewpoint, and Create Studios, of events and performances from last year’s Festival. See them here. 


Welcome to the Swindon Festival of Literature