INTRODUCTION

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 means that a festival of literature can happen, in Swindon, in a three-tier blended fashion: live, ‘live’ online, and recorded online. 
 

Ours is a Festival, which, to only slightly paraphrase T S Eliot, ‘boldly assumes the existence of a public interested in serious literature, eager to be kept in touch with current good reading, writing, and storytelling.’ 
 

So, that is what we’ll do, from 3rd to 9th May. We’ll listen, watch, talk, think, and take part in a festival that dares to take literature seriously, and thereby has more fun. 
 

After all, language and literature evolved so that discussion and good chat could replace time-consuming mutual grooming, didn't it?
 

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. 
 

But please note, you do not have to buy tickets because most online events are FREE.
 

This means that the Festival effectively gets no ticket income. We therefore need your help. 
 

If you want to support the Festival, ensure its future, especially after seeing and enjoying events

this year, please use our DONATE button and be as generous as you can. Thank you.
 

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

MATT HOLLAND
Festival Organiser

swindonlitfest@lowershawfarm.co.uk or on 01793 771080

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