© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival

WEDNESDAY 15th MAY

CARL HONORÉ – on making the most of our longer lives.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
12.30pm ~ 15th May ~ £9 (£8) 


Ageing is inevitable but history is full of folk smashing it in later life. Michelangelo finished the Pauline chapel at the age of 74 and Tolstoy first learnt to ride a bike in his 60s.  
In these times of longer lifespans we might be able to age even better than ever before.
But how? And if we do, how can we make the most of our longer lives?
Author, broadcaster, and adventurous thinker Carl Honoré, whose books are read worldwide in numerous languages, captured the zeitgeist with his international sensation, In Praise of Slow. Now, in Bolder, he offers an informed and radical re-think of our approach to ageing.

Swindon Libraries & Information Service
is proud to be supporting the Swindon Spring Festival by holding Festival events and stocking books by Festival authors.
Expanding the horizons of our community, transforming lives and feeding imaginations, by providing books, eBooks, eMagazines, information, learning opportunities, events, activities, access to the world-wide-web and much more for all. 
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For any library information or enquiries check out the website or call 01793 463238.

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MARCUS DU SAUTOY – on the creativity code

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
6.30pm ~ 15th May ~ £9 (£8)


Will a computer ever write a prize-winning novel, compose a symphony, or paint a masterpiece? And if so, would we be able to tell the difference between machine-made and woman or man-made? 
As humans, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be alive. Can a machine match us?
In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy, OBE, prize-winning author and mathematician, Professor at the University of Oxford, and handy footballer, examines the nature of creativity, as well as providing an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. 

DOUBLE TICKET for Marcus du Sautoy and Jamal/Yaseen ~ £16

MAHMOOD JAMAL & SARAH YASEEN – on Sufism and Song from Pakistan.

Presented in association with the Swindon Pakistan Foundation.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8pm ~ 15th May ~ £9 (£8) 


From the ninth to the twentieth century, the history and development of Sufi Verse and Islamic Mystical Poetry is long, fascinating, and profound. Reflecting both private devotional love, and rich in metaphor and symbols, they develop many of the central ideas of Sufism: the Lover, the Beloved, the Wine, and the Tavern; while others are more personal and echo the poet’s battle to leave earthly love behind.
Author, poet, and filmmaker Mahmood Jamal will shed light for us on Sufi verse and great mystical poems of classical Urdu and Punjabi.
Singer, in Sufi, a cappella, and cantata style, and musician, on guitar and darabouka, Sarah Yaseen will take us into a world of emotion, love, faith, and unity.

The Swindon Pakistan Foundation is a community-based organisation which aims to inspire and empower people from Pakistan or of Pakistani origin who live in Swindon to help them have a positive impact in society. We aim to provide a platform for community-building to enhance inter-community relations. We see arts and culture as an integral way to bring communities together and celebrate a shared human heritage. We will bring finger food to this event for anyone who wishes to break fast immediately after it.

For further information, contact swindonpakistanfoundation@gmail.com