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We hope you have enjoyed as many events as you were able to watch between 3rd and 9th May.

Recordings of most events will remain on our YouTube channel for a while longer, so you can still view any you missed or any you would like to see again.


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

You can subscribe to the  Festival's YouTube channel HERE.


One event in particular is recommended. Parts of Richard Durrant’s concert Sumer is Icumen In, originally live-streamed, was beset by unforeseeable technical problems. It has now been re-filmed and is available via the link next to his name on 8th May page.

The Festival extends its thanks to everyone of you, whether named or anonymous, who have so kindly and generously donated to our much-needed Festival funds. Terrific. We thank you.

During 2021, Covid19 has had 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, and digital technology, plus the generosity of sponsors and Festival followers, which have all combined to ensure the survival, at some level, of festivals like ours.

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.​


Thank you for joining and supporting us. ​


There will be another day . . . Till then, keep well.

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. 


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