Dawn Chorus – Festival launch: created by dawn sky, dawn breeze, and dewdrops, birdsong and beauty, minstrels and musicians, storytellers, poets and performers, and celebrated by you!

As the sun rises over sleeping Swindon, join the keenest and coolest Festival followers, high on a ridge in Lawn Woods, for this all-age, all-weather outdoor event that marks the start of the twenty-fifth Swindon Festival of Literature.

Make new friends, meet old ones, swig a coffee or tea, bite a butty, watch the sun rise, frolic round the maypole, and celebrate life and Literature!

At the sound of Jake on watering can and Danny on pipes, plinth-high against the dawn sky, the show will begin.

Jacob Hi-Ho and his mischievous morning band of gravity-defying, fire-flinging, musical, and dancing friends, who include Fergie, an English music man, and Darine, an Irish dancing woman, will bring the vigour, beauty, daring, and discipline of youth to proceedings; Swindon’s own Sun Arise Singers will sing the sun up; author, historian, and The Extollager Jon Cannon will gift us A Piece of Places and A Story of Stones; tin whistle-playing Literature-lover Andria Walton will give us moments of delight; storyteller Cat Weatherill will surprise us; Debbie Wolfson with her friends from Music Alive will make appropriate melodious morning sounds; Tony ‘Community Poet’ Hillier will make sure that maypole ribbons fly and we weave and sway the untangled way; Lorraine and her Farmhouse Kitchen catering crew will keep hot butties coming; while Matthew and his Coffee Gang will keep things hot and steamy; and a masterly master of ceremonies will keep morning mayhem to a minimum but first-light frolics on fire!

Join us on time – that’s 5.30am – or you’ll miss the best bits, and what’s more, you can come, have fun, and be back home before anyone has noticed you are gone!

Note: Later in the day, Dawn Chorus performers will be visiting people who could not get out, in hospitals and hostels, thanks to the generosity of Festival supporters…

Lawn Woods, High Street Old Town SN1 3EN
Tel 01793 771080
5.30am • 7 May • Free!

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