A writer and performer who tried to be kind to a stranger every day for a year will be at Swindon's Central Libray for two events on kindness and self-care.

Bernadette Russell has been invited to Swindon under the BBC and Arts Council-funded scheme Novels that Shaped Our World.

In 2011, in response to the UK riots and after a chance encounter in a post office, she embarked on a reckless mission to be kind to a stranger every single day for a year. This show this led to, 366 Days of Kindness, charts this year, and attempts to answer the question: “is it possible to change the world just by being kind?”

The show starts at 7pm on Saturday.

Before that Bernadette will lead a work shop for young people between 14 and 25 called Manifesto of me.

Using paper, pens, participants own shoes or trainers to draw around, old magazines or photos, glue, coloured pens or felt tips, the workshop aims to empower and inspire, and help those taking part about their identity in a positive, hopeful and creative way.

Both events are free and places can be booked on Eventbrite.co.uk.Search for Bernadette Russell and put Swindon in the location field.