© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival

SATURDAY 9th MAY

VASSOS ALEXANDER – on the highs and lows of running, that bit further . . .

in conversation with Emma Sperring, and with YOU!
Presented in association with Swindon’s Lydiard parkrun and Seven Fields parkrun

 

Lydiard Park Academy Grange Park Way
Swindon SN5 6HN
Tel: 01793 524481
10.30am ~ 9th May ~ £5

 

Why do more and more people run? What keeps us running, that bit further? Where does the feel good factor come from when we challenge ourselves, running? And what about the new-found confidence and joy of living that goes with it? Any other questions?
Sports reporter, radio presenter, and best-selling author of Don’t Stop Me Now and Running Up that Hill  Vassos Alexander has answers to a number of these questions, and will happily tackle a few more today.

Running is not easy but it is simple, and worth it!

KATHY O’SHAUGNESSY – on being In Love with George Eliot.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
6.30pm ~ 9th May ~ £8 (£7)

Who was the real George Eliot? What was her true identity? Why did she shock people so? And then, why did the world fall in love with her? 
Was she really a wise and great writer, sent to guide people through an increasingly secular and rudderless century, icon to her progressive feminist peers — with whom she was often at odds? Born two hundred years ago, who was the real George Eliot?
Editor, reviewer, and short story writer Kathy O’Shaugnessy is the author of In Love with George Eliot, which tells the compelling story of a writer who is reckoned to be England’s greatest woman novelist. 

DOUBLE TICKET for Kathy O'Shaugnessy and Jane Austen ~ £13

JANE AUSTEN AT HOME – one woman writer, one woman actor.!

 

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8pm ~ 9th May ~ ££8 (£7) 


A celebration of Jane Austen’s words, wit, and writing, including extracts from her letters, juvenilia, poems, and novels.
A chance to get an understanding of the attitudes, imagination, and sensations of people who lived in country houses and rectories in the early nineteenth century, through Austen’s perceptive, satirical, and warm-hearted gaze. 

TEN TINY PLAYS about Wiltshire – with BBC Radio Wiltshire, Prime Theatre, and you!

Writers have been busy, writing 2-minute plays set in Wiltshire. Ten of the plays – by Carole Cole, Michelle Hatcher, Rob Burbidge, Victoria Johnston, David Hallen, Anne Perdeux, Kate Courage, Michelle Slade, Andy Duncan, and Nick Havergal - have been chosen, by acclaimed playwrights Jamila Gavin, Sumita Majunder, and Barney Norris, to be spoken and recorded by actors from Prime Theatre.
The ten plays will be broadcast on BBC Radio Wiltshire, on the James Thomas Afternoon Show 2-4pm, Monday 4th to Friday 15th May.
They will also be available on BBC Sounds.