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Matt Holland
Matt Holland

Press Release - 14 March 2007

Literature Festival director gives public lecture

The Director of Swindon’s Festival of Literature, Matt Holland, will look at Life through Literature in a free public lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 21 March.

Mr Holland will discuss the role of writing, reading, storytelling and the Festival itself.

Issues he will explore include whether fiction uses lies to get nearer to the truth, whether reading is an exploration or an escape, whether poetry is more or less than prose and what makes a good read.

Mr Holland is founder and organiser of the Festival, which is in its fourteenth year, running from 7-20 May this year. A lively series of talks, readings and discussions will take place at venues across the city, featuring well known names and local people.

For the festival the University is hosting a talk by BBC News presenter George Alagiah who will discuss his book, A Home from Home, on Wednesday 9 May at 8.30pm.

Mr Holland co-founded the Festival and works at West Swindon alternative education centre at Lower Shaw Farm, where he is a trustee and co-founder. He is also Literature Development worker for Swindon Council's Arts Services Artswords.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the main hall at the Oakfield campus.

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