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More names added for Swindon Festival of Literature

Posted on 11th March 2013

Swindon Festival of Literature is one of the highlights of the calendar for those staying in holiday cottages in Wiltshire, and an announcement concerning the festival which was made last week is sure to bring even more people to the county in May.


The list of events and guest speakers at this year’s festival has been growing, and a number of big names have been confirmed for the 20th anniversary of the Swindon Festival of Literature.

The latest people to be confirmed as speakers at the festival include Stella Rimington, former head of MI5, who will be discussing the secrets of counter-espionage; Lord Sainsbury of Turville, former Chief Executive and Chairman of Sainsbury’s, who will be tackling the topic of progressive capitalism and Booker Prize winner Ben Okri.

As well as these recently added prestigious speakers, many more people have been booked for the event, including Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross, crime fiction writer P. D. James, impressionist Alistair McGowan, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, award-winning broadcaster Clare Balding and poet Hilda Sheehan. Although festival organiser Matt Holland apologised for using an “overused phrase”, he assured future festival-goers that “there is something for everyone”.

As well as hosting a number of speaking events and performances, the Swindon Festival of Literature will also be organising writing workshops, poetry slams and great activities for children and families. Given all the success from previous years, the 20th anniversary festival from 6-18 May is sure to be an unforgettable year for all those involved.

Tickets for the various different sessions go on sale on 21 March, so those who will be enjoying Wiltshire cottage holidays in May will surely soon be making a note of their favourite authors and events for what is sure to be a sell-out year for the Swindon Festival of Literature.

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