Known names are known because they have made it - onto television, radio, and into the newspapers - and each year, we have a number of these in Swindon. This year’s Swindon Festival of Literature, which takes place from May 4 to May 16 is no exception, writes festival director Matt Holland.
Appearing on 1 3 May is Rory Bremner, who will doubtless provide post-election impressions that satirise prominent politicians and hold them humorously to account .
Radio 4 presenter and author Sandi Toksvig will quip her way for an hour on stage at the Wyvern on 5 May.
And Nell McAndrew will skip her way round¬†lydiard Park on the 4 May before giving a talk on the joys of running.
But hidden in the pages of the festival programme are a host of other fascinating events, with authors you may never have heard of, but are just waiting to be found by the discerning reader.
For example, on 5 May at the Arts Centre, three¬†mothers who are successful authors and who have disproved the notion that having children stops you writing, will be telling how they did it and present samples of their work .
On 7 May at the same venue, there is a Festival first: a book about boxing. london-based author Anna Whitwham will be in conversation with Swindon-based trainer of boxers Paddy Fitzpatrick. This event offers an insight into the philosophy of this noble art.
Talking of art, with culture-loving Swindonians getting excited about the possible creation of a cultural quarter in town, it’s timely that two eminent lovers of the arts, Robert Hewison and Julian Spalding, will be addressing key questions at the Arts Centre on 1 2 May.
And on 15th, Suzannah lipscomb, right, a fine philosopher who defies stereotype, will address the question of how we think about things today.
Earlier the same day, zoologist Jules Howard will be explaining how a thousand million years ago, life on Earth suddenly became more interesting, colourful, and combative, thanks to sex!
These are just some of the fascinating non¬≠ celebrity surprises at this year’s festival. The full programme is available in Swindon libraries or by contacting 01793 771080, email@example.com
See the full festival line-up at¬†www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co .uk