Widdecombe leads the star turns as literature festival begins

THE 21st Swindon Festival of Literature began this morning with its traditional dawn chorus in Lawn Woods.

That will be followed by several events at Lydiard Park later today, with a freedom 5km park run at 2pm and Alexandra Heminsley discussing her book ‘Running like a Girl’ at 3pm in the Stable Block, near to the House.

Rachel Rose Reid will be holding a storywalk from the same venue at 2pm for those who like the pace a little more gentle and over at the Richard Jefferies Museum, in Marlborough Road, between 1pm and 3pm there will be a free wildflower story hunt with Hilda Sheehan.

Patrick Barkham will round off the day with a talk at Lower Shaw Farm on badgers from 7pm for £5 a ticket.

Tomorrow’s headliner will be Ann Widdecombe, on penance and pentinence, at the Arts Centre at 12.30pm for £8 a ticket. She will be followed at the Devizes Road venue by Philip Lymbery at 6.30pm for £6 a ticket and Laurens de Groot at 8pm for £7.

Linda Regan will be at Highworth Library at 7pm, and Jo Bousfield and Marcus Moore will present Here Today at Cakes and Ale, in Devizes Road from 8pm for £7 on the door.

For more information and ticketing visit www.swindontheares.co.uk.


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