Presented in association with the Swindon Philosophical Society

This is what will happen at the ninth Swindon Think Slam.

Competitors have 3 minutes to present a thought-provoking idea, theory, or story. From then on, it’s a knockout! Keen but kindly judges, chosen from among the keen and kindly audience, and including Kate Raworth as judge-supremo, will decide who pleases the thinking parts that others cannot reach, who inspires good, great, or gruesome thoughts, and who does not.

Just as in all good sporting competitions, there will be a first round, semi-final, and a final! Though there may well be moments of seriousness, nervousness, and puzzlement, a spirit of wonder, wit, and good cheer will prevail! The winner will be crowned ninth Swindon Think Slam Champ and receive a bubbly-filled trophy, rapturous applause, and words of congratulation from our guest judge supremo Kate Raworth.

Cool compere, and terrific thinker in her own right, Sara-Jane Arbury, will maintain good Think Slam order, with clear instructions, firm hand, and thoughtful slam smile; and will be ably aided by sensible scorer, terrifying timekeeper, and crowd-pleasing prizes-provider Matt Holland.

HOW TO ENTER. Anyone brave and thoughtful enough, by their own standards, can apply to enter. If you wish to enter the ninth Swindon THINK SLAM, please contact the Festival on 01793 771080 or at

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 12 May • £8 (£7)
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