© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival

MONDAY 13th MAY

BEE WILSON – on the way we eat now.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
12.30pm ~ 13th May ~ £8 (£7) 


We have never had so many superfoods; never been so confused about what to eat; and never been so unsure about what actually constitutes food. 
What is the hidden force behind what we eat? How has modern food transformed our lives? How can we eat well, for health, happiness, and anything else that matters. 
Award-winning food writer, historian, and broadcaster, Bee Wilson is the author of The Way We Eat Now, a riveting exploration of why and what we eat.

OUR SWINDON – a multi-disciplinary performance, celebrating and exploring Swindon’s artistic present and future.

Presented by New College Performing Arts in association with the Learning Town Project and Create Studios.

Phoenix Theatre, New College, Swindon SN3 1AH
Tel: 01793 209440
7.30pm ~ 13th May ~ £5 or £6.50 on door

What is Swindon’s cultural legacy? How does Swindon practise, celebrate, and promote the arts? What would we like to see the arts do in and for Swindon?  
Learners on the BTEC in Performing Arts course at New College have been discovering and considering what Swindon currently offers its young people in terms of the arts, as well as what they would like to see happening in the future. Through performance, learners will portray and celebrate events from Swindon’s past and present arts and cultural scene. They will also share their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future of the arts in Swindon.

The arts are also a kind of nourishment . . .

ROSIE WILBY – on monogamy, or not, or what’s best for life today.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
6.30pm ~ 13th May ~ £10 (£9) 


Laden with assumptions and ambiguities, monogamous relationships are the norm. Or are they? How significant is sexual loyalty in long-term partnerships? What’s best for each of us and for society as a whole? 
In this insightful illustrated presentation, a mix of memoir, humour, and sociological study, comedian, writer, and broadcaster Rosie Wilby, author of Is Monogamy Dead? asks a few tricky questions. 
From performing stand-up at a sex party to celebrating and re-evaluating her deepest platonic friendships, Rosie asks, ‘what counts as cheating?’, and reveals how diverse our definitions of infidelity are and the need for more language to describe the huge variety of connections that we experience. For example, what would you say to ‘love-affair friendship’? Nice one or a bit of a mouthful?

DOUBLE TICKET for Rosie Wilby and Catherine Gray ~ £17

CATHERINE GRAY – on the unexpected joys of being single!

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8.00pm ~ 13th May ~ £10 (£9) 


It’s become the norm to remain solo until much later in life. More than half of Brits aged 25-44 are now single; the average marriage age for women is 35 and for men, 38. Many are choosing never to marry at all. 
But, despite this trend, society, films, song lyrics, and parents appear adamant that a happy ending has to be couple-shaped; that, despite already being whole, we’re deemed incomplete without an ‘other half’. Cue single sorrow; dating like it’s a job; spending half our lives waiting for somebody-we-fancy to text back; and feeling haunted by the terms ‘spinster’ or ‘confirmed bachelor’.
Award-winning writer Catherine Gray is the author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. She has now researched and written The Unexpected Joy of Being Single. When she’s not writing, Catherine can be found taking lots of identical pictures of sunsets, fighting her ‘spend it all’ financial urges, or scanning the body language of dog owners to see if it’s ok to pet theirs.