Book Tickets

Abigail Williams

Swindon Festival of Literature

Swindon Arts Centre

Wed 4 May 2022 | 12.30pm

Abigail Williams

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – on how we read, what we read, and why.

How do offence, outrage, and content warnings impact the literary landscape? What do issues, such as culture wars and identity politics determine what books we read and the various ways in which we interact with them?
Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, Abigail Williams is the author of The Social Life of Books, and makes this observation. ‘Every day I witness first hand some of the ways in which ideas about books can divide us. There has developed a link between cleverness and obscurity, with almost a contempt for language that is understood. I would like to uncouple those things….You should be able to say something clearly.’

The SWINDON FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE takes place 2nd – 8th May. It celebrates things well thought, well written, and well said, both serious and funny!

Seven days of great authors and entertaining speakers, it will include novelists, poets, philosophers, travellers, scientists, storytellers, historians, comedians, artists, and writing workshops There will be events at midday, teatime, and in the evening, carefully spaced and placed to enable you to attend almost every one, should you have the stamina!

Tickets: £8.00
Concessions: £1 off