© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival

Welcome to the second Swindon Spring Festival – of literature and the arts!

The Swindon Spring Festival celebrates good writing, good speaking, and the exploration of ideas, with the help of authors, dancers, musicians, actors, art, film, and circus skills.

For this year's Festival, enjoyable, interesting, challenging, unpredictable, funny, and even memorable things have been planned.

But, alas, in view of the coronavirus epidemic and the latest Government instructions for people to stay at home and only go out for essential supplies or activities, it is unlikely that most of the planned Festival events will take place live in May.

However, there are other ways of enjoying the Festival, by reading about what was planned and by discovering what authors have written and may like to say.


Festival followers can view the programme and buy or borrow books described in its pages; and then read them, especially if finding themselves in enforced isolation. What better companion, to lift the spirits, than a good book! 


One book that Festival organisers would especially like to recommend is A Saint in Swindon by Alice Jolly. With a fascinating back-story, it’s due to be published by Fairlight Books on 10th April, and is brilliant, topical, wise, entertaining, serious, funny, and, in many ways, the perfect read in these tricky and troubling times.


Another bit of better news is this. It is likely that during May, at their allotted times and dates as advertised in the programme, a number of kind authors will present online talks and q&as, for us, just as they might have done live at the Festival. 


Look out for further announcements in April, about these virtual events, on this site and on our Facebook and twitter pages.


And also, by viewing the pages of this site, and seeing details of the events that were planned for May, we hope you will find something to be gained and enjoyed.


There will be another day.


Till then, and till we meet again, keep well.  


And if you would like to be kept in touch with any further developments in Festival plans this year or next,

please contact us at: swindonspringfest@lowershawfarm.co.uk or call 01793 771080.


Matt Holland

Festival Organiser 

Welcome to the Swindon Spring Festival
  – of literature and the arts!