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Sun 12 May 2024

Swindon Festival Of Literature - Festival Finale

FESTIVAL FINALE - a fitting final celebration through words, music, & movement! Poet Clare Ferguson-Walker won her first international competition when only 19, since then, she has never looked back, now regularly supporting John Cooper-Clarke on tour, and performing at Glastonbury too. Clare’s latest collection, Chrysalis, is newly-published. Ethiopian acrobatic extraordinaire, Daniel Ayalew, will take his phenomenal Rolla Bolla act to new and possibly literature-linked heights! British-Nigerian writer and poet Olivia Douglass, is winner of The Guardian and 4th Estate 4thWrite Prize with their short story Ink. They are the author of two poetry pamphlets, Slow Tongue (2018), another due this year, and are currently working on their debut novel. International storyteller Rachel Rose Reid, who has worked on BBC Radio 3 and with the London Symphony Orchestra, will bring universal and timeless tales of today, yesterday, and forever to the Finale. Bafana Matea, dancer and choreographer from South Africa via New York, will launch the Griots Dance Collective with dancers from the Wilkes Academy and music from Suitcase Sound to explore stories from the Yoruba culture, looking at African deities such as Shango, Olan, and Eshu. Sam-I-Am is a juggler of words, knives, and tantalising tales, who weaves a world of wonder as he wanders round the stage. His friend Freddie is a soulful saxophonist who makes moody melodies that will carry you away into an enchanting and imaginary world of . . . . you decide. Together, they will bring frolics, fun, and feel-good factors to the Festival Finale.

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Sun 12 May 2024



The Arts Centre


Sun 12 May 2024
£9 - £10 per ticket