Celebrity authors and professional writers from all walks of life celebrate the 21st birthday of the Swindon Festival of Literature

LIT FEST 2014: In a word, festival was ‘brilliant’

Swindon Advertiser: Rebecca Lloyd ran a writers’ workshop and lunch at Lower Shaw Farm

5:30am Monday 19th May 2014

MATT Holland, director of Swindon’s Festival of Literature, believes this year’s event was one of the best ever.

Green expert drafted in alter ego for talk

Swindon Advertiser: Jonathon Porritt at the Swindon Festival of Literature yesterday

5:30am Friday 16th May 2014

THE audience at yesterday’s lunchtime performance at the Swindon Festival of Literature leapt forward in time for a talk on the future of renewable energy.

Numbers man Alex proves a Lit Fest favourite

Swindon Advertiser: Alex Bellos at The Arts Centre with his book Alex Though The Looking Glass

5:30am Wednesday 14th May 2014

THEORIES about why people have favourite numbers took centre stage when author Alex Bellos gave a talk as part of yesterday’s Swindon Festival of Literature events.

LIT FEST 2014: Book enthusiasts on to real winner

Swindon Advertiser: Nathan Filer with his book The Shock Of The Fall

11:29am Tuesday 13th May 2014

DOZENS of people filed down to the Arts Centre during their lunch break yesterday to hear from Costa Book of the Year winner Nathan Filer.

LIT FEST 2014: Kate digs into the archives

Swindon Advertiser: Kate Adie with her new book at the literature festival yesterday

11:31am Tuesday 13th May 2014

HORDES crammed into the Arts Centre last night to hear from former war correspondent Kate Adie.

LIT FEST 2014: Cafe packed as visitors discuss the big sleep

Swindon Advertiser: Liz Rothschild, right, at the Death Cafe event with Rosemarie Thompson and Rose-Anne O’Hare

11:32am Tuesday 13th May 2014

OLD Town cafe Cakes and Ales was packed yesterday afternoon as patrons gathered to take part in the Death Cafe.

LIT FEST 2014: It's all about the kids as Dame Jacqueline pays a visit

Swindon Advertiser: Dame Jacqueline Wilson with young fan Jasmine Francis

11:34am Monday 12th May 2014

CHILREN’S author Dame Jacqueline Wilson was the highlight of the Swindon Festival of Literature over the weekend when hordes of people listened to her talk.

LIT FEST 2014: Slamming on stage a daunting prospect

Swindon Advertiser: Winners 1N & 3SP

11:38am Monday 12th May 2014

ONE nutter and three sensible people won the 10th Swindon Festival of Literature Youth Slam at the Arts Centre on Saturday.

LIT FEST 2014: I wanna tell you a story...

Swindon Advertiser: Tales with The Rainbow Faerie

11:36am Monday 12th May 2014

YOUNGSTERS from all over the town turned out yesterday despite the windy weather to take part in Children and Families Day at the Swindon Festival of Literature.

Ducklings welcome writer to podium at Arts Centre

Swindon Advertiser: Author Rachel Joyce

5:00am Friday 9th May 2014

THREE ducklings greeted author Rachel Joyce when she gave a Swindon Festival of Literature talk about her work at the Arts Centre yesterday.

Former MP talks about penitence

Swindon Advertiser: Former MP talks about penitence

11:39am Wednesday 7th May 2014

FORMER politician turned Strictly Come Dancing star Ann Widdecombe spoke about her latest book at the Arts Centre as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature yesterday.

Lit fest kicks off with Dawn Chorus

Swindon Advertiser: A piper welcomes in the dawn; right, lit fest organiser Matt Holland aboard the red tractor; below right, crowds gather bright and early to welcome in May Day at the start of the Swindon Festival of Literature

5:00am Tuesday 6th May 2014

HUNDREDS of literature lovers braved the bank holiday morning chill yesterday and took part in the Swindon Festival of Literature’s Dawn Chorus.

Widdecombe leads the star turns as literature festival begins

Swindon Advertiser: Ann Widdecombe

2:54pm Monday 5th May 2014

THE 21st Swindon Festival of Literature began this morning with its traditional dawn chorus in Lawn Woods.



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