Swindon Festival of Literature 2016

litfest bannerThe 23rd Swindon Festival of Literature is here.

As long time supporters of the Festival, Swindon Libraries are delighted to be hosting six events this year at our Central Library, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1QG:

Wednesday 4th May —7.30-9pm — FREE!   Poetry Swindon 78s. Anthology and Readings hosted by Hilda Sheehan & Mike Pringle. Poems, stories, plays and other writings will be performed to the tune of old 78s records. Come and enjoy a lively evening and celebrate local writers from the Richard Jefferies Museum writing groups.

Thursday 5th May —7.30pm — £5/£4   ALISON BRUCE – on promises, relationships, and the investigative work of a detective constable!
In life and relationships, grim things can happen, suddenly. And they did for one person, whose actions become a case for one detective, who finds himself questioning the reasons for his work. But secrets must out and this DC is on the case! Former BBC Wiltshire presenter, university fellow, vintage clothes and rockabilly music fan, author Alison Bruce has roots in Wiltshire and enjoys the thrills and twists of great storytelling and the why of mystery and intrigue. Her latest book, The Promise, hot off the press, has all these elements, and more!

Monday 9th May — 7.30pm — £5/£4     NICOLA CORNICK – on one house, three women, three loves, and one secret!
What do you know about the ‘Winter Queen’, William Craven, and nearby Ashdown House? Or Lavinia Flyte, Lord Evershot, and an ancient pearl? Or Ben Ansell, his sister Holly, and the diary of a Regency courtesan and a mystery that spans four centuries? In her latest book, House of Shadows, historian, international bestselling author, and former Wiltshire Libraries Writer in Residence, Nicola Cornick, unravels some mysteries!

***PLEASE NOTE, UNFORTUNATELY THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** We are contacting ticket holders, but any queries, please get in touch:  Tuesday 10th May — 7.30pm — £5/£4   BALI RAI – in conversation, with you, him, her, and me!

Wednesday 11th May — 7.30pm — £5/£4   JOANNE HARRIS – on her latest psychological thriller!
One of our most versatile writers and best-selling author of Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film) who has written acclaimed novels in such diverse genres as fantasy based on Norse myth and dark psychological thrillers, Joanne Harris MBE, introduces her newest thriller, Different Class.

Thursday 12th May — 7.30pm — £5/£4     ANDY BINKS – on his Life and Times ‘inside’!
What was it like, working in the Swindon Works of the Great Railways? What were the people like; what was the work; what was the pay; and how significant was the hooter? Swindon Works’ trained engineer, local historian, Andy Binks will attempt to explain what it was really like.

The Visitor Information Centre at Central Library, Regent Circus, SN1 1QG (01793 466454) is selling tickets for all the events at the Central Library. The Visitor Information Centre  is also selling tickets for the following events at other venues:

Where the Railway Meets  Monday 2nd May, 1-5pm, — Richard Jefferies Museum, — £5 family ticket

Fiona Ford  Monday 2nd May, — 3pm, — Lydiard Park Conference Centre, — £5 or  £4 concession
SOL Celebration:marking twenty-five years of twinning: Swindon & Nicaragua! Saturday 7th May, Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon SN5 5PJ,10am – 4pm, £10 – Includes lunch!
A day of workshops, stories, good company, and good food! Guests include the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK, Guisell Morales Echaverry, the Mayor of Ocotal, the Twinning Team, and numerous other nice people!
10.30am – Dance Workshop
12.30pm – Cooking Workshop
2.30pm – SOL Stories

A Swindon Affair     Saturday 7th May, — 6-9pm, — The Platform, — £6 or £5 concession. (NB This is a two part event. 3pm – 5pm Meet the Authors and Painters – FREE!
A Multi-Media Evening of Readings and Performances. 6pm – 9pm – price as stated above)

Swindon Poetry Open Mic  Sunday 8th May,  8pm, —Sun Inn at Coate, — £7 or £5 concession.

Hilda’s Lounge  Friday 13th May, — 1pm, — Richard Jefferies Museum, — £7

Full details of all events can be found on the festival website:  www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

For a selection of writing by Swindon Festival of Literature 2016 authors see below. All the books listed are, or soon will be, available from Swindon Libraries. Check the library catalogue for details of where they are held, and reserve free online to pick up at the library of your choice.

Andy Binks: Swindon Works Through Time, George Henry Stevens Mayor of Swindon 1928-1929

Sharon Blackie: If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of the Celtic Woman

blessedBrian Blessed Absolute pandemonium: a memoir

Hilary Bradt To Oldly Go: Tales of Intrepid Travel by the Over-60s (Bradt Travel Guides

Alison Bruce: The Promise, The Backs, The Calling, Cambridge Blue, The Silence, The Siren

Vince Cable: After the Storm, The Storm: the world economic crisis and what it means, Free Radical: a memoir

John H Chandler: Swindon Decoded

Nicola Cornick: House of Shadows, Claimed by the Laird, Confessions of a Duchess, Dauntsey Park, Desired, The Heart of Christmas, Kidnapped: His Innocent Mistress, The Lady and the Laird, Mistress by Midnight, Notorious, One Night with the Laird, One Wicked Sin, The Scandals of an Innocent, Undoing of a Lady, Whisper of a Scandal

bernieresLouis de Bernieres, The Dust that Falls from Dreams, Bird Without Wings, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Imagining Alexandria, Notwithstanding: Stories From An English Village, A Partisan’s Daughter, Sunday Morning: A Play for Voices

Sophie Duffy: Bright Stars, The Generation Game

Kevin Dutton: The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success, Sorted! The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Bossing Your Life, Sorted! How To Get What You Want Out Of Life: The Good Psychopath 2, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: Lessons In Life From Saints, Spies and Serial Killers

Christian Felber: Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good

Fiona Ford: Back on Track.

Mary Hamer: Kipling & Trix

A F Harrold: Imaginary, Fizzlebert Stump: the boy who ran away from the circus (and joined the library), Fizzlebert Stump: the boy who did P.E. in his pants, Fizzlebert Stump: the boy who cried fish, Fizzlebert Stump and the girl who lifted quite heavy things, Fizzlebert Stump and the bearded boy, The point of inconvenience

Joanne Harris: Different Class, The Little Book of Chocolat, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook, Blackberry Wine, Blueeyed Boy, A Cat, A Hat and a Piece of String, Chocolat, The Evil Seed, Gentlemen and Players, The Gospel of Loki, Holy Fools, The Lollipop Shoes, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, Runelight, Time Trips

Tom Hodgkinson: The Book of Idle Pleasures, Brave old world :a month-by-month guide to husbandry, or the fine art of looking after yourself

hooperEmma Hooper: Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Dom Joly: Here Comes the Clown: A Stumble Through Showbusiness, The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World’s Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: In Search of the World’s Most Hideous Beasts

Lucy Jones: Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain

Yasmin Kahn: The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen, The Raj at War: a People’s History of India’s Second World War

Angela Kiss: How to be an Alien in England : A Guide to the English

Sarah Lean: Tiger Days, A Horse for Angel, Jack Pepper, A Dog Called Homeless, Hero, Harry and Hope

liptrotAmy Liptrot: The Outrun

Ken Livingstone: Being Red: A Politics for the Future, You Can’t Say That: Memoirs

Jo Marchant: Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body, Decoding the heavens: solving the mystery of the world’s first computer

Tim Marshall: Prisoners to Geography, Dirty Northern Bastards

Stephen Moss: Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain’s Wildlife, Wild hares and hummingbirds: the natural history of an English village, A sky full of starlings: a diary of the birding year, Birds Britannia: how the British fell in love with birds, Understanding bird behaviour: a birdwatcher’s guide, The bumper book of nature, Bird-friendly garden: a practical month-by-month guide to attracting birds to your garden, How to birdwatch, Remarkable birds, BBC Springwatch British wildlife, Birding with Bill Oddie, Attracting birds to your garden, This birding life: the best of the Guardian’s Birdwatch, The garden bird handbook, Tweet of the day: a year of Britain’s birds from the acclaimed Radio 4 series, Natural histories: 25 extraordinary species that have changed our world, Bill Oddie’s how to watch wildlife, Springwatch and Autumnwatch

Cristina Odone: The Good Divorce Guide, The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew

Bali Rai: Game On, Old Dog, New Tricks, Web of Darkness, Shivers, Fire City. Stars!. Missing!. Starting Eleven. Dream On

Roger Scruton: The Soul of the World, The Aesthetics of Music, Animal Rights and Wrongs, Beauty, Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life , Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England, The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought, Philosophy: Principles and Problems, Political Philosophy

suttieIsy Suttie; The actual one: how I tried, and failed, to remain twenty-something for ever

D J Taylor: The Prose Factory: Literary Life in Britain Since 1918, Ask Alice: A Novel, At the Chime of a City Clock, The Comedy Man, Derby Day, Secondhand Daylight , Wrote for Luck, The Windsor Faction

A N Wilson: The Book of the People: How to read the Bible, Winnie and Wolf, Betjeman, The Elizabethans, Hitler: A Short Biography, A Jealous Ghost, Jesus, A Life of Walter Scott, London: A Short History , Our Times, Paul: The Mind of the Apostle, Tolstoy, Victoria: A Life, The Victorians, Stray, Hazel the Guinea Pig, Dream Children