Swindon Literature Festival is 30!
Swindon Literature Festival is 30!

Swindon Literature Festival is 30! Planning is now underway for the next — the 30th no less — Swindon Festival of Literature, due to take place 1st – 7th May ’23.

‘You go to litfests not because you’re a book lover but because you want to show that you’re a book lover.’

Nitya Prakash

Hmmm … not sure that festival head honcho, Matt Holland would agree with that! Anyway ….

The festival will begin with its now traditional dawn chorus event on that high ridge in Lawn Woods. We’ll watch the sun rise over Swindon, with all manner of entertainment al fresco, including storytellers, acrobats, and singers.

For subsequent days of the live in-person 30th anniversary festival, organisers are planning to bring a great line up of national and international authors and speakers. You can see them at the Arts Centre, Central Library, Town Hall, Lydiard Park, and Lower Shaw Farm. All will offer fascinating, informative, and entertaining talks and workshops. Plus performances for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The festival will end with an exciting children & families day and a fabulous festival finale at Swindon Town Hall.

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If any festival followers have an author or speaker they’d like to see and hear in Swindon in May, now is the time to let festival organisers know. Please send your wish list or recommendations to

The Swindon Festival of Literature is grateful for funding from:

  • Arts Council England
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Lower Shaw Farm and …
  • … in-kind support from many other individuals and local organisations.   

Ours is a Festival, which, to only slightly paraphrase T S Eliot, ‘boldly assumes the existence of a public . . eager to be kept in touch with current good reading, writing, and ideas.’​ Matt Holland – festival organiser.

PPS. Virtual Festival events that took place in 2020 and 2021 are still available to enjoy online.

About the arts centre – aka the Bradford Hall here:

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