And so it begins, the first day of this years Swindon Festival of Literature sets off in its customary style with a dawn gathering at Lawn Woods – at 5.30am – 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 early-birds, 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-fourth Swindon Festival of Literature.
Marvel at an array of amazing acts: pipers, singers, storytellers, jugglers, poets, musicians, and outdoor entertainers! Make new friends, meet old ones, swig a hot cup of coffee or tea, bite an egg or bacon 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.
Jake the Juggler and his mischievous morning band of gravity-defying, fire-flinging, musical, and dancing friends, who include Fergie the English music man and Darine the Irish dancing woman, will bring the vigour, beauty, daring, and discipline of youth to proceedings; Swindon’s own Sun Arise Singers will vocally and melodiously welcome that great orange orb rising in the east; hound-accompanied storyteller Chris Park will tell May Day tales; tin whistle-playing Andria Walton will bring luck, and loveliness to dawn frolics; Debbie Wolfson with her musical friends from Music Alive will make appropriate melodious morning sounds; with his terrific team of dancers trained in early-morning twirling, 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!
Note: Later in the day, Dawn Chorus performers will be visiting people who could not get out, in hospitals, homes, and hostels, thanks to the generosity of Festival supporters…
Lawn Woods, High Street Old Town SN1 3EN
Tel 01793 771080
5.30am • 1 May • Free!