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TILLY BLYTH – on The Art of Innovation.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
12.30pm ~ 13th May ~ £8 (£7)


Why has the relationship between science and art traditionally been seen as one of love and hate, fascination and revulsion, symbiotic but antagonistic?  What are the meaningful connections between science and art? What has the relationship between science and art contributed to the world around us? And how has creative practice stimulated innovation and technological change?
Head of Collections and Principal Curator at the Science Museum in London, former Lead Curator of the Information Age gallery, and a member of BAFTA, Dr Tilly Blyth is the author of The Art of Innovation – from Enlightenment to Dark Matter.


MONISHA RAJESH – on a 45,000 mile adventure, by train!

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
6.30pm ~ 13th May ~ £8 (£7)

Letting the train take the strain but not spoil the adventure, author and journalist Monisha Rajesh has travelled along some of the world’s most remarkable railway lines.
From the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to the silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express; from the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia to the stunning heights of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Monisha offers vivid accounts of life, history, and culture worldwide in her latest book Around the World in 80 Trains, and reflects on what it really means to be a global citizen.


DOUBLE TICKET for Monisha Rajesh and For Sama ~ £13

FOR SAMA – film, (96mins) feature documentary by award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

Presented in association with Swindon City of Sanctuary


Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8pm ~ 13th May ~ £8 (£7)

Set in Syria, For Sama tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo. She falls in love, gets married, and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict happens around her, and her camera captures stories of loss, laughter, and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to save her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
For Sama is a gripping, insightful, and moving love letter from a young mother to her daughter.

Note from the filmmaker: Waad al-Kateab says ‘I have created Action For Sama to turn the reaction to my film into positive action for people living in opposition-controlled areas of Syria. I want to spread awareness of the suffering of those living under bombardment. I want to support the heroism of Syrian civil society. If you do too, please visit’ 


We are our own story but how do we tell it?

Swindon City of Sanctuary
is building a culture of welcome, inclusion, and support for everyone in our town, especially for people who are fleeing war and persecution. We encourage everyone in Swindon to take pride in and value the town’s strong history of welcoming people from all over the world.

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WEDNESDAY 13th MAY - Collecting History on Pig Hill: Swindon!

Central Library
Regent Circus
Swindon SN1 1QG
Tel: 01793 466454
7pm ~ 13th May ~ £5 

Local Studies Librarian and author Darryl Moody talks about his team’s work, showcasing many of the weird and wonderful photographs and other discoveries they have made along the way. His presentation will also address the often-forgotten artistic, cultural and literary heritage of the Pig Hill, along with some of its more gruesome stories…

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