Book Tickets

Children and Families Day

Swindon Festival of Literature

Lower Shaw Farm

Sun 8 May 2022 | 10am to 4pm

Children and Families Day

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DAY – for all ages, children, and families.

Light refreshments, snacks, and lunches available on site!

10.30am and onwards - Circle Garden Campfire Storytelling with tale teller Cat Weatherill by an open fire, in the open air, telling tales from here there and everywhere.

10.30am Sunny and Zoe. Author and illustrator Zozo Thomas, who shares her garden with cats, chickens, and wildlife, presents her new book. It tells a story about Sunny, the lonely onion. Suitable for all the family, a book to read, enjoy, and with lots of puzzles and colouring in!

10.30am onwards – Vicky Hirsch workshop. Design and print your own book plate with craftswoman Vicky Hirsch.

11.30am Piggery Jokery by Hand to Mouth Theatre. A delightful half hour puppet show telling a tale that travels through the seasons. It is told by the Green Man and his hurdy-gurdy playing Droning Crone and their troupe of rag-bag characters. There is lots of laughter along the way as the old farmer tends his land and fattens Piggy-Wiggy for the winter. Extremely suitable for audience members of all ages!

12midday – An African/Caribbean inspired workshop of rhythm and movement for all – with Asafo Gyata, Bafana Matea, and friends - as part of Africa Writes Swindon events.
12.30pm Go on an adventure – with Katherine Rundell. For ages 8+. A story about a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong. Suitable for all the family. The Good Thieves, a page-turning adventure book, is a modern classic from the prizewinning and bestselling author of five novels for children. Katherine is also the author of a book for adults called Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise.

1pm The Incredible Smell, new rhyming story for children by Festival favourite poet Matt Harvey. Come and be the first to hear it, help it, and make it rhyme.

2pm Piggery Jokery puppet show – another performance.

3pm Circus Performance Finale!

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: £5.00