“Mummies are still the same people they were before children, only with less money and worse hair and more dubious stains.  Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to give up your personality and everything you were before.” – Gill Sims

This year’s Swindon Festival of Literature is well represented by mums who balance the more glamorous side of life with the realities of being a working woman.

Frank and funny accounts of family life are the main features of ‘Mummy Blogger’ (Peter and Jane), Gill Sims best-selling book Why Mummy Drinks – as well as wine and lots of it. It’s an entertaining and relatable viewpoint on the trials and tribulations of motherhood.

Jo Pavey showed both determination and strength with her return to the European Championships ten months after giving birth to her second child succeeding in turning her silver medal status to gold in the 10,000 metres. Sounds glamorous? According to Jo, the reality is training on a treadmill in a cupboard and running laps while the children picnic.

“We are the only ape who has fathers that invest in the care of their offspring and one of only 5% of mammals that do so,” says Dr Anna Machin. How do we view the ‘The Life of a Dad’? Evolutionary anthropologist, writer and broadcaster, Dr Machin, invested ten years researching modern fatherhood – with the alternative perspective of a man’s experience on becoming a parent she explores their contribution and impact on the family.

Rebecca Stott calls upon her personal experience with her father to complement and challenge Dr Machin’s research with her novel In the Days of Rain, A Daughter, A Father, A Cult. This is an honest memoir of her relationship with her father, the influence his actions had on her family dynamic and her journey to forgiveness.

Founder of Kid’s Company and “one of the most powerful advocates for children in the country” according to The Guardian, Camila Batmanhelidjh reflects on the demise of her charity after nineteen years of service and the children she helped. An unconventional and divisive mother figure she returns to the Swindon Festival of Literature to share, answer and discuss her work and the future care of disadvantaged children.

Judy Murray will inspire with her trailblazing past as the first female national tennis coach, a ‘yes we can’ attitude and bags of self-belief. Not only has she raised Wimbledon tennis champions and held titles of her own, she continues to take on new challenges in all forms.

We hope you agree, a stellar lineup.

To book tickets, click on the author’s name or visit www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk


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