Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Dawn Chorus event 1 May 5.30am

The Dawn Chorus event in Lawn Woods, looking towards the sunrise, is a great start to the Swindon Festival of Literature. This is the 24th Festival of Literature. Here we are waiting for proceedings to start, I'm on the second row, so there are a few photos of people framing my photos. With over an hour of activities, it's difficult to decide whether to sit down and be devoured by midges, or to wander round watching form various standpoints and chat to people.
The event started with Jake the Juggler on a watering can, and then moved onto Danny on bagpipes.
and then there were fire jugglers
and Matt Holland, Festival Director came and opened the 24th festival of literature, and introduced us to Guiseppe a cockerel abandoned at Lower Shaw Farm, sadly not captured in any of my photos, but I've just found an excellent photo of him on the @Swinlitfestival Twitterpage, which I hope it's OK to use here, I'll put him below Matt
This excellent photo below of Guiseppe, was taken by Calyx Picture Agency, THE place to go for proper photographs,so much better than mine..
Cat's Pyjamas treated us to some fantastic acrobatics; I've included 3 photos to give you some idea of their range
Above getting onto her partner's head, and below, standing on his head
And a fabulous elastic move
There was also tap dancing, story telling, harmony singing and then the sun came out part way through proceedings.
The event ended with some more excellent juggling, and we went home to a long day at around 7.15am!!
A brilliant start to the festival and indeed to May, and the summer.


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