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Festival Finale

Swindon Festival of Literature

Town Hall

Sun 8 May 2022 | 7.30pm

Festival Finale

Festival Finale - with spellbinding stories, soul-searching songs, serious circus skills, wicked wordplay, marvellous music, performers at their peak, and a new book about the wonders of being human, this promises to be a fitting finale to the twenty-ninth Swindon Festival of Literature.

Poet, lyricist, and columnist Matt Harvey has been a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 and TV for more than two decades. During lockdown his Hi Coronavirus poem went viral. Matt’s collections of seriously serious, insightful, and delightful poems, including The Hole in the Sum of my Parts and Where Earwigs Dare, are classics of the genre.

Critically-acclaimed author, journalist, and multi-tasking mother of five, Clover Stroud marvels at life, even after a death. Last year, her sister Nell, friend of this festival and founder of Gifford’s Circus, when given years to live, suddenly died. In her new book The Red of My Blood, Clover charts a fearless passage in a life interrupted by death. Lyrical, hopeful, and life-affirming, it’s a reminder of the wonders of being human.
Sufi-soul singer and songwriter Sarah Yaseen sings in English and Urdu, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, the 1-string ektara or with Arabic derbuka. Sarah is also a frontline singer with the world music ensemble, Rafiki Jazz and guest singer with Denmark’s all-women global ensemble Radiant Arcadia.

Globetrotting storyteller Cat Weatherill, who loves language and dazzling images, does not sit in a chair or read from a book: she stands up and tells super stories!

Handstander extraordinaire Nina Savidi performs Upside Down Ideas, Ανάποδες ιδέες, an interpretation of an experience her Greek grandmother had, of her first time at the circus over half a century ago.
In an appropriately circus-fuelled performance, Jacob Hi-Ho, Darine Flanagan, Ben Walker, Michael Fergie and the Suitcase Soundsystem, will present a physically frolicsome final finale as only they can do, to celebrate being human, healthy, grateful, and happy.

Tickets: £9.00
Concessions: £1 off