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ELIZABETH OLDFIELD – on tending the soul in turbulent times.


Lower Shaw Farm, Old Shaw Lane, West Swindon SN5 5PJ
Tel 01793 535534
12.30pm ~ 9th May ~ £8 (£7)

Most of us know that life is a tricky business. 
So what does it mean to be ‘fully alive’? By what means can we to try to live a good, whole, and fulfilling life? How can we focus on what really matters rather than be tempted and distracted by trivialities? What is trivial and what is not? How can we calm down and depolarise in a culture of outrage, tribalism, and division? What kind of people do we need to be in these troubled and turbulent times? What kind of world are we leaving for the next generations? 
In her latest book, Fully Alive, author, broadcaster on BBC1 and Radios 4 & 5, and writer in national broadsheets, Elizabeth Oldfield addresses key questions facing us in our notionally-ordinary lives, offering practical and meaningful ideas to help us build inner strength, achieve greater fulfilment, and maybe even, build a better future.

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MARK RUTTERFORD - with Love Stories and the Swindon World Cup of Novels!

The Hop Inn Function Room, Devizes Road SN1 4BH
Tel 01793 535534
7.30pm ~ 9th May ~ £7 (£6)

A funny, moving, and interactive storytelling show in a cool cabaret setting at which you will be entertained, involved, and even rewarded, with love hearts, laughs, and possibly even a winner’s medal!
Confused? Puzzled? Intrigued? You are right to be. This is a show like no other, at least at this festival of literature. Join us in breaking new ground, in a pub, with a drink, and a friendly vibe!
Come along prepared to listen, laugh, make a case for your favourite novel, hear about love from a visiting alien’s perspective, and maybe even tell your own little unrequited-love or everlasting-love story.  You know it makes sense, or will do, by the end of an enjoyable and possibly even exciting evening.  
Mark Rutterford is a writer-performer who tells humorous and emotionally-engaging stories, often with appropriate props. He loves working with an engaged and active audience that includes people who like a laugh, like a good book, and may even have a little love story of their own to share.  

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Photograph: Jonathan  Thomson

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