What’s great about Swindon #2

by Juliet Platt on May 10, 2010

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We’re half way through the 17th Swindon Festival of Literature. Our town has been visited and spoken to by writers, celebrities and academics, selling their books and sharing their ideas. And there’s more to come this week, including the Poet Laureate on Wednesday.

The litfest is such a great event in Swindon. My mother-in-law came to visit last week and attended a couple of the lunchtime talks with me at the Arts Centre. Such a civilised thing to do during the day, sending festival goers into their various afternoons with new thoughts, curiosities, and, perhaps, ambitions.

It’s been a weekend of stories and poetry, just the tonic as the nation waits with bated breath to learn the outcome of the deal between Cameron and Clegg.

And next weekend sees the first ever Swindon THINKSlam – like performance poetry but with philosophy instead. Think pieces, each of 3 minutes, will be pitched against each other to find the most engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking.

Counter-intuitive though it may first appear, Swindon is actually a deep thinking town. It is the home of the one of the longest established philosophical societies in the country, and is so unpretentious in comparison with its neighbours Oxford or Bath that it may be the only place within a 50 mile radius where real ,clear, honest thinking is possible.

One visit to Swindon’s online forum www.talkswindon.org will reveal a whole host of eloquently argued points of view on a variety of topics that are dear to the heart of the town.

So what’s the second great thing about Swindon? We’re philosophical, poetic, eloquent and honest. We like listening, learning and having a go. Don’t anyone mess with us or there’ll be trouble.

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