© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival


FOUND POETRY WORKSHOP & finishing touches to A Poem for Swindon – with Sara-Jane Arbury.

Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon SN5 5PJ
Tel: 01793 771080
10am - 12noon ~ 18th May ~ FREE  Places limited - please book

Poet and workshop leader Sara-Jane Arbury is helping in the collaborative process of composing A Poem for Swindon using words, lines, and phrases contributed by listeners to BBC Wiltshire
Writing a poem in this way is like creating a collage, using fragments of found language to build up the piece as a whole. Join Sara-Jane to explore the concept of Found Poetry and discover how material from unusual sources can lead to distinctive and surprising poems! 
You can also help her put the final touches to A Poem for Swindon!
Places are limited, so please book, by telephone 01793 771080 or email to: swindonspringfest@lowershawfarm.co.uk

HOPE TOTEMS – with mixed media artist Jill Carter.

Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6AA
Tel: 07768 917466

10am - 4pm ~ 18th May ~ £7

A day off grid to enjoy creative expression through quirky and engaging folk art.
Transform belongings, giftings and gatherings, to create a mixed media hope totem, wish doll and/or offering icon. Enjoy the art of playful, poetic and less than perfect making, inspired by our shared memories, ideas and stories, everyday life events and journeys. 
Have fun, both inside and outside in the sanctuary of a Spring garden environ, exploring and finding, wrapping and binding, drawing and writing, painting and stitching, gathering, arranging and placing, to mark and celebrate hopes, dreams and endless possibilities.

SWINDON COLLECTION OF MODERN BRITISH ART – an introduction by Sophie Cummings.

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Bath Road SN1 4BA
Tel: 01793 466556
12.30pm ~ 18th May ~ FREE

What do you know of Swindon’s incredible collection of Modern Art? Would you like to discover known and unknown treasures of twentieth century works of art? And would you like to ask questions and get answers? This is your chance!
Join Curator and lover of modern art, Sophie Cummings, for a fascinating introduction to Swindon’s envied collection of modern British Art. 
Sophie’s interactive talk will highlight a selection of favourite works and artists and will include plenty of time to ask questions and learn more about the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. 


Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon SN5 5PJ
Tel: 01793 771080

12.30pm  ~ 18th May ~ £30

12.30pm – 1.30pm WRITERS’ LUNCH 
Where healthy homemade food will nourish you and meeting other writers at table may inspire you!

1.30pm – 5pm WRITING WORKSHOP with Pamela Holmes 
Do you feel there’s a story, novel, or memoir in you but you just need some encouragement to write it? Or do you already have work in progress? Whatever stage you are at, this is a workshop for you!
We’ll consider how to get started and how to keep going, as a writer; we’ll share practical tips and ideas for staying focused and productive; and we’ll discover ways of finding an agent, approaching a publisher, and the different ways of getting into print. 
There’ll be guidance and time for questions too. This workshop will demonstrate that it’s possible to write well and successfully at any age and stage of life. 
You may even want to share something you’ve written. We’ll work together in a supportive, enjoyable, and creative way.  
Pamela Holmes hails from the USA but has lived mostly in England. She has been a journalist and sings in a rock band. In 2014, Pamela won the Jane Austen Short Story Award. Her novels are The Huntingfield Paintress (2016) and Wyld Dreamers (2018).

The arts celebrate, lament, and explore life . . . 

SWINDON POETRY SLAM – hosted by Clive Oseman, Nick Lovell, and special guest!

Presented in association with Oooh Beehive.

Luxborough Room, Lydiard House, Lydiard Park SN5 3PA

Tel 01793 524481
7.30pm  ~ 18th May ~ £8 (£7)

Welcome to the twenty-third Swindon Poetry Slam! Another chance for poets to take their gaze off the page and do it on stage.
All competitors can expect a rush of adrenalin, showers of flowers, chunks of chocolate, and lots of applause. So everyone is a winner but only the champion gets a silver cup!
This year, the Slam enjoys a new venue, with trees nearby and a bar even closer; and is hosted by a new crew, a warm swarm of poetry-lovers from Old Town’s Oooh Beehive!
To enter, please write to cliveoseman@btinternet.com 

DANCE, ACROBATICS, and CIRCUS THEATRE – an evening of performances that tell stories.

Presented in association with and supported by Swindon Dance.

Court Theatre, Swindon Dance, Town Hall, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG
Tel: 01793 601700  www.swindondance.org.uk
7.30pm  ~ 18th May ~ £10 (£9)

What does it mean to make art? What is artistic integrity? From the Top is a witty dance performance, with voice-overs and subtitles, that explores the relationships between ever-demanding choreographers, and dedicated dancers. Choreography by Victor Fung, Associate Artist at Swindon Dance.
How do you celebrate a dance academy’s 40th birthday, in dance? With Ding, of course! Ding is what happens when two international performers come together to create their own work. Thomasin Gulgec and Estela Merlos created this quirky, mesmeric, light-hearted work to celebrate Swindon Dance. Thom and Estela are both Associate Artists at Swindon Dance. 
In their latest production One Lump or Two, Pocket Fluff Production offer a spellbinding story. Through a series of tender and achingly beautiful moments, interspersed with brilliant comedy, and set to a moving bespoke musical score, the duo utilise breathtaking hand to hand acrobatics, quirky object manipulation, and sublime characterisation to tell the story of a deeply connected pair.
For the evening’s final performance, we have Karla’s Story – how 2% can be made to feel like 100%! Losing most of her hearing in her teens did not prevent Karla realising most of her dream: to dance, dance, and dance! International choreographer and dancer Bafana Matea, Suitcase Sound musician Mike Fergie, and dancers, present Karla Brown’s spellbinding story: her emergence from a world of stunning silence into a world of dizzying dance.

BSL Interpreted Performance 

Photograph: Victor Fung

Enriching people’s lives

through the art of dance.

Enriching people’s lives

through the art of dance.

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