Society's role in new cultural initiative
The Alfred Wiliams Heritage Society was delighted to take part in the first Swindon Festival of Poetry on October 6, 2012.

In an joint event with the Friends of Alfred Williams, we presented a slide show and readings celebrating Alfred's life and poetic works at Swindon Central Library.

The two-hour event was timely because October 2012 saw the centenary of the publishing of Alfred's third book of poetry, Nature and Other Poems. Indeed, although we do not have a precise date, the book was published in the first week of October 1912 - so exactly 100 years to the week.

AWHS vice-chair Graham Carter, who shared the stage with Kaye Franklin MBE and Graeme Franklin, said: "It was an honour for us to be invited to be part of this new festival, which will hopefully become an annual event.

"A lot of hard work went into organising the festival, and I know Alfred would have been thrilled that it was taking place, and proud that his work was part of it.

"I also went down to the very first event of the festival and recited Alfred's poem If Love Came Unbidden. So Alfred was represented at the first event in the first ever Swindon Festival of Poetry."

It was the first of two events celebrating Alfred centenaries in October 2012 as we are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publishing of A Wiltshire Village.