FRIENDLY lambs at a Swindon farm are proving popular among passerby and helping spread the word about an upcoming festival.

Orphans Willow and Bella spend their days at the end of the garden by the lane in Lower Shaw Farm and are often greeted by people strolling past the gate.

A box full of brochures for the Swindon Festival of Literature and a few words about the new arrivals themselves are attached to the gate.

Matt Holland said: "In just a couple of days, the lure of the lambs and their story – lamb lit? -- has already resulted in scores of festival brochures being taken.

"The lambs are promoting the LitFest, brilliantly."

Bella is part Roussin and part Beulah. She was one of two siblings but got separated from her mother and could not find her.

Willow is part Easycare and part Roussin. He was one of three but soon after he was born, he was attacked by a fox and a tooth went into his eye.

The literature festival returns with more than 40 online events broadcast from May 3 to May 9. Visit or get a hard copy of the brochure by calling 01793 771080 or emailing