Swindon Festival of Poetry 2014

This year Swindon Festival of Poetry is proud to announce that Don Share from Poetry Magazine, Chicago will be joining us for the whole festival to share his poetry, knowledge, experience of editing the world’s greatest poetry magazine, and love of Swindon.


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Photo of Don Share by John Harlow

Don Share is Editor of Poetry magazine.  His recent books include Wishbone (Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear Publishing) and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions), a Guardian Book of the Year and Paris Review Editors’ Choice selection; he also edited a critical edition of Bunting’s poetry for Faber. His translations of Miguel Hernández were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize and Premio Valle Inclán, and were recently published in a revised and expanded edition by New York Review Books.   He hosts the monthly Poetry magazine podcast and co-edited The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press).

Day 1 (Example)

Poetry Weekend at Lower Shaw Farm with Cliff Yates and Jackie Wills

Lower Shaw Farm Poetry Weekend



A POETRY WELCOME TEA AT THE FARM with a short reading from Don Share of Poetry Magazine, Chicago!  5pm to 6pm


CRITICAL READING: The Editor’s Role with DAVID CADDY Tears in the Fence  in conversation with MARTIN MALONE of the Interpreters House.

6:30 pm to 7: 30pm at Lower Shaw Farm, Old Shaw Lane. Shaw. Swindon. SN5 7PJ


BLUEGATE POETRY NIGHT with WARDWOOD POETS David Cooke, Caroline Carver, and Ann Alexander

7pm til late! at Lower Shaw Farm, Old Shaw Lane. Shaw. Swindon. SN5 7PJ

Swindon Festival of Poetry 2013

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Thursday 3rd October 2013

10am – 11am Central Library – Poems Aloud with Hilda Sheehan

12.30pm – 1.30pm Arts Centre Studio – A Poetry-Packed Lunch with Roddy Lumsden

2pm – 3pm Museum & Art Gallery – Separate Ways: anthology readings with Tamar Yoseloff

7pm till LATE Lower Shaw Farm – BlueGate Open Mic with Pindrop Press – Cherry Smyth & Emer Gillespie plus Jo Hemmant

Friday 4th October

10.30 am onwards The Platform – Poetry Surgeries with Angela France

11am – 6pm The Platform – Up the Junctions! – M4 corridor poetry today with Natalie Holborrow, Stephen Payne, Carrie Etter, Susan Utting, Josephine Corcoran, Edward Mackay and many more!

7.30pm Wyvern Theatre – Roger McGough

Saturday 5th October

10am – 12 noon A Vintage Bus – Vintage Bus Tour – the joys of Swindon

11am – 11.30am Central Library – Poetry Rhyme Time with Hilda Sheehan

12.30pm – 1.30pm Richard Jefferies House – A Wood Magic Story Walk

4pm – 5pm Arts Centre Studio – Having a cake with You and Angela Kirby

6pm – 7pm Landing Gallery, Arts Centre – The Son of a Shoemaker with Linda Black

7.30pm Arts Centre – Alice Oswald and Battered Moons £10 (£8 concs.)

Sunday 6th October

10am – 12.30pm Arts Centre Studio – Working with Collage – a workshop with Linda Black

1pm – 2pm Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate – Spiritual Poetry with Katherine T Owen

1.30pm – 2.30pm Broadgreen Community Centre – Bardwell O’Neill are Game!

2pm Arts Centre – Byron Beloved

4pm – 5pm Arts Centre Studio – Considering Kipling

7.30pm Arts Centre – Festival Finale with Kim Moore, Claire Trevien, The Very Grimm Brothers & Elvis McGonagall

Swindon Festival of Poetry 2013

Swindon Festival of Poetry 2013 will take place from 3rd October 2013 to 6th October 2013, watch this space for details of events and booking. Yes, there will be a Vintage Bus Tour, Alice Oswald and a trip along the M4 without leaving Swindon – but we’re getting ahead of ourselves, watch this space, really.