March


Friday 6th March

‘ABC…Story!’ at The Story Museum, Oxford

‘ABC…Story!’

Friendly drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers. Explore a different story every week. Each session includes a welcome, a story, a stay and play time and an activity – messy play, movement, or creative play (see guide for the activity of the day).

Today’s Story: The Little Mermaid

Ages 0-3


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Saturday 7th March

‘ABC…Story!’ at The Story Museum, Oxford

‘ABC…Story!’

Friendly drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers. Explore a different story every week. Each session includes a welcome, a story, a stay and play time and an activity – messy play, movement, or creative play (see guide for the activity of the day).

Today’s Story: The Gingerbread Man

Ages 0-3

£2.50 per person


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Friday 13th March

‘ABC…Story!’ at The Story Museum, Oxford

‘ABC…Story!’

Friendly drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers. Explore a different story every week. Each session includes a welcome, a story, a stay and play time and an activity – messy play, movement, or creative play (see guide for the activity of the day).

Today’s Story: The Princess and the Pea

Ages 0-3. £2.50 per person


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Friday 20th March

‘ABC…Story!’ at The Story Museum, Oxford

‘ABC…Story!’

Friendly drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers. Explore a different story every week. Each session includes a welcome, a story, a stay and play time and an activity – messy play, movement, or creative play (see guide for the activity of the day).

Today’s Story: Rapunzel

Ages 0-3. £2.50 per person


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Saturday 21st March

Matt Brown at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Matt Brown. Compton Valance: The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Matt BrownRoll up, roll up for the Compton Valance Show! Travel back in time to the Jurassic period, Victorian era and more with children’s author and Oxford’s own Heart Thames Valley radio DJ, Matt Brown. Hear all about the inspiration behind this terrifically funny new series and get some brilliant tips for writing, as well as creating fun character names.

Brown is a broadcaster and writer. He has appeared as a television presenter on the children’s channel Nickolodeon and hosted lots of shows including The Bigger BreakfastLove Island Aftersun and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here . . . Now.  He currently hosts the Heart Thames Valley breakfast show.

Age 7+


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‘ABC…Story!’ at The Story Museum, Oxford

‘ABC…Story!’

Friendly drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers. Explore a different story every week. Each session includes a welcome, a story, a stay and play time and an activity – messy play, movement, or creative play (see guide for the activity of the day).

Today’s Story: Jack and the Beanstalk

Ages 0-3. £2.50 per person


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Cressida Cowell and Lauren Child at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Cressida Cowell and Lauren Child: Friends and BestsellingWriters: How It All Began  

Cressida Cowell

Chaired by Nicolette Jones.

How To Train Your Dragon creator Cressida Cowell and Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort creator Lauren Child are both internationally bestselling authors and have been friends since they met at school. In this exclusive event, they discuss their lives and work, as well as their passion for libraries, literacy and great children’s literature. They’ll share some school photos, and spill the beans on the early influences that turned them into writers.

Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon was turned into an award-winning animated film by the renowned DreamWorks Animation team.  She is also author of the Emily Brown series, the first of which, That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, won a Nestlé Children’s Book Award. Child is a writer and illustrator. Her first Charlie and Lola book, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, won the Kate Greenaway Medal for most distinguished illustration in a book for children and was voted third best winner in the first 50 years of the medal.

Age 8+

Sponsored by Blackwell


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Peter Worley at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Peter Worley. Once Upon An If: Philosophy Adventures for Children

Peter WorleyFollowing last year’s sell-out event, where the audience explored questions around time and time travel by time-travelling into the future, Peter Worley returns to run another highly interactive workshop. Using telepathy, magic necklaces and shrinking machines Worley will take his audience on a number of short philosophical adventures, but don’t worry, you will get your children back in one piece and the right size.

Worley is co-founder and chief executive of The Philosophy Foundation, an educational charity that is committed to bringing philosophy to the wider community, and in particular to schools.

Age 7-11


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Paul Stickland at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Paul Stickland: Come and Draw with Dinosaur ROAR

Paul SticklandDinosaurs weak, dinosaurs strong, dinosaurs tall and very, very long are all invited to thunder down to this special event with author and illustrator Paul Stickland, creator of the hugely popular book Dinosaur Roar, plus Ten Terrible DinosaursBig Dig and Truck Jam. Stickland is running one of his very entertaining pop-up workshops for children and will show them how to use their imagination to make funny little monsters, and even a pop-up book.

Stickland has written lots of bestselling books and is a passionate advocate of exploring children’s creativity through picture and pop-up books.

Age: 5+


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Jack Gantos and Phil Earle at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Jack Gantos and Phil Earle: Joey Pigza and Being Billy

Jack GantosThe FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival welcomes superstar US children’s author Jack Gantos, Newbery Medal winner and creator of the Joey Pigza books. Joey Pigza is one of the most appealing characters in children’s books – he’s in a tough situation, but he faces everything with confidence and good cheer. Gantos’s books inspired Phil Earle to write his funny, poignant children’s books Being Billy and The Bubble Wrap Boy. On their own, they are dynamic and hugely entertaining speakers – so you won’t want to miss them together! As Joey Pigza would say, this will be a ‘pawzzz-i-tively brilliant’ event.

Gantos has written books for all ages from picture books to young adult and adult fiction. His memoir, Hole in My Life, won the Michael L Printz and Robert F Sibert awards, and his Joey Pigza books have won many awards. Earle is a UK writer. His first job after university as a care worker inspired him to writeBeing Billy, winner of the WeRead Book Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

This event is party of the festival’s American strand.

Age 9+


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Anthony Browne talks to Nicolette Jones at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Anthony Browne talks to  Nicolette Jones: ‘Gorilla, Willy the Wimp and the Shape Game’

Anthony BrowneThirty years after the much-loved, award-winning Gorilla and Willy the Wimp were published, join author and illustrator and former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne for a discussion about his amazing books and have fun with his special interactive shape game.

Browne has written nearly 40 books. He won the international Hans Christian Andersen award in 2000 for his lasting contribution as a children’s illustrator.

Age 6+


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Gill Lewis and Tom Moorhouse at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Gill Lewis and Tom Moorhouse. Wild Places and Wild Animal: An Inspiration

Gill LewisChaired by Caroline Sanderson

Authors Tom Moorhouse and Gill Lewis talk about wild animals, wild places and the inspiration behind their writing. Moorhouse describes how to transform knowledge about wild animals into believable characters in fast-paced adventure stories, and Lewis discusses the relationship between people and animals within her books. They explain why stories involving animals are special, and what you need to think about when writing your own.

Moorhouse’s debut novel, The River Singers, is nominated for the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the UKLA award, and follows the adventures of a family of water voles as they battle to escape a new and terrible enemy. Its sequel, The Rising, sees the voles facing their most dangerous enemy of all: the Great River herself.

Lewis’s books include Scarlet Ibis and Sky Hawk and have been translated into more than 25 languages, winning many nominations and awards, including the Red House Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Green Earth Book Award. Her books draw on her own experiences and explore the relationship between people and the natural world.

Age 9+


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Holly Smale at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Holly Smale. Geek Girl: All That Glitters

Holly SmaleHolly Smale spent two years as a teenage catwalk model before her books about school-geek-turned-model Harriet Manners propelled her to stardom as an author. Come and hear Smale talk about her geek-but-chic heroine, now facing trials and tribulations as a sixth former in the new book Geek Girl All That Glitters, and find out about Smale’s own journey to becoming an author.

Geek Girl was the number one bestselling work of young adult fiction in the UK in 2013. It won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book prize and was shortlisted for several other awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny prize.

Age 9+


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Catherine Doyle, Melinda Salisbury Lisa Williamson at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Young Adult Rising Stars

Catherine DoyleChaired by Caroline Sanderson

Over the last few years, Young Adult (YA) has emerged as the most exciting new literary genre: some of the most talented new authors are writing YA, and many of the most talked about new books are YA.

We bring together three of the hottest YA debut authors – Catherine Doyle, Melinda Salisbury and Lisa Williamson – to give you a unique chance to hear them talking about their books and writing at the start of what will undoubtedly be very successful careers.  Doyle’s book Vendetta is a Romeo and Juliet story that combines love, mystery and adventure, conveyed in a series of vivid tableaux. In The Sin Eater’s Daughter Melinda Salisbury has written an outstanding fantasy novel creating a world that is both totally strange, and completely familiar. The fairy-tale background provides scope for memorable scenes of magic, while the court’s intrigues make this a taut thriller. Lisa Williamson’s book The Art of Being Normal is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to terms with who they are. Three very different books, three outstanding new authors.

14+


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Sunday 22nd March

Liz Pichon at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Liz Pichon. Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky

Liz PichonTom Gates comes to Oxford! Following her sell out visit in 2014, bestselling author Liz Pichon returns to turn Oxford into the brilliant world of Tom Gates. Pichon will be reading from the latest Tom Gates book, A Tiny Bit Lucky, as well as from other favourite adventures, Extra Special Treats and Genius Ideas.

She’ll also be leading fun-packed quizzes and will show you how to doodle just like Tom. Doodling materials will be supplied. Book early.

Age: 6+


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Leigh Hobbs at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Leigh Hobbs: Creating and Drawing Characters

Leigh HobbsTop Australian author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs makes a special appearance at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival to run one of his popular workshops showing children how to create and draw their own cartoon characters.

Hobbs’s bestselling books include the Old Tom stories, the adventures of an appallingly scruffy and badly behaved cat and his long-suffering owner; and the Mister Chicken books including the most recent, Mr Chicken Lands on London.  Old Tom became a much-loved TV series for ABC in Australia. His other well-known children’s characters include Horrible Harriet, and the decidedly unhorrible Mr Badger, maitre d’ at a swanky Mayfair hotel.

As well as being an artist and children’s book author, Hobbs is an experienced art teacher.

Age: 7+


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The Minecraft Construction Handbook at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

FyreUK: The Minecraft Construction Handbook

Love the global sensation Minecraft? Want to know more about how to construct the most awesome builds? Come along to this session with FyreUK, writers of The Minecraft Construction Handbook and hugely popular YouTube Minecraft builders for tips and tricks on how to be a creative genius in Minecraft.

Since the video game’s release, in 2009, Minecraft has sold in excess of 20 million copies, earned armfuls of prestigious awards, and given countless millions of players huge amounts of satisfaction, whether they are working solo, or in build teams. The game originally began as the building of structures to protect against monsters but it has evolved into the construction of all sorts of imaginative things.

Age 8+


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‘Harry Potter: Celebrating the Magic’ at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

‘Harry Potter: Celebrating the Magic’

Calling all Harry Potter Fans. Don’t miss this exclusive FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival Harry Potter celebration of J K Rowling’s famous boy magician. Publisher Bloomsbury is delighted to announce this special event. The event will be hosted by a ‘Professor of Potter’ no less – with the help of a plucky assistant.

Join in the excitement as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You might even get to play a game of Quidditch. This will be a fun and interactive event for all the family, whether you are new to the books or a dedicated fan. Certificates and postcards for all who attend. Come and share the magic.
Age 8-adult


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John Dougherty at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

John Dougherty: Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face

John DoughertyJoin John Dougherty, his guitar, and his ridiculous sense of humour, for a trip around the little island of Great Kerfuffle, home of Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and a cast of sidesplittingly funny supporting characters – not to mention some very bad badgers. Laughter guaranteed, and there will be some singing too.

Dougherty is a children’s author, poet and songwriter. He is author of Zeus on the Loose, the Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face stories and the Bansi O’Hara stories.

Age : 6+


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Dave Shelton and Jonathan Stroud at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Dave Shelton and Jonathan Stroud. Don’t Give Up The Ghost: Writing Seriously Scary Books

Dave SheltonEver heard something go bump in the night? Thought you saw something – or someone – that wasn’t there? Then don’t miss this seriously creepy event with Dave Shelton and Jonathan Stroud, authors of some of the best ghost books around.

Shelton’s Thirteen Chairs is a collection of properly scary ghost stories. He is also author of A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, winner of the Branford Boase Award for most outstanding debut novel for children. Stroud’s Lockwood and Co. adventures describe a Britain where wandering ghosts offer a constant threat – especially after dark. Join them for readings, ghost stories and discussion – if you dare!

10+


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Friday 27th March

‘ABC…Story!’ at The Story Museum, Oxford

‘ABC…Story!’

Friendly drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers. Explore a different story every week. Each session includes a welcome, a story, a stay and play time and an activity – messy play, movement, or creative play (see guide for the activity of the day).

Today’s Story: Spring rhymes

Ages 0-3

£2.50 per person


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Saturday 28th March

Frank Cottrell Boyce at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Frank Cottrell Boyce: The Astounding Broccoli Boy 

Frank Cottrell BoyceFrank Cottrell Boyce is a unique talent, and it seems there is nothing he cannot do. Part of the creative team behind the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, scriptwriter for Doctor Who and author of children’s books from the Carnegie-winning Millions (now a Danny Boyle film) to Cosmic, Framed and his new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang adventures, his heart-warming stories are always an entertaining ride.

Join this masterful storyteller at the first public event for his brand new book, The Astounding Broccoli Boy – the greenest, and funniest book you will read all year!

Age range: 8+


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Caroline Lawrence at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Caroline Lawrence: The Roman and PK Pinkerton Western Mysteries

Caroline LawrenceCaroline Lawrence’s best-selling Roman Mysteries were turned into a successful BBC children’s drama series. In this fabulous, practical event Caroline will shares the stories behind both The Roman Mysteries and the PK Pinkerton Western Mysteries as well as arming you with the ingredients to write your own great stories.

Covering heroes and sidekicks using classical and contemporary references, the seven plot beats of great stories and how to create depth and texture, you will be well armed to write stories that captivate others.

Age 9+


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Mary Hoffman at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Mary Hoffman. Bookworm: the Game of Reading and Remembering

Mary HoffmanJoin in and have fun playing the wonderful game of Bookworm while you listen carefully to Mary Hoffman reading passages from her own and other brilliant books before she asks you questions that put your skills of instant recall to the test.

This event is for ages 6 and upwards in mixed-aged teams of 4 to 6 players. You can come as a team, or we’ll help you to form a team on the day.

Hoffman is the internationally acclaimed author of over 100 books for children, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction. Her picture book, Amazing Grace, has become a classic, selling more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Her fiction includes the best-selling Stravaganza series.


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Philip Pullman talks to Nicolette Jones at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Philip Pullman talks to Nicolette Jones 

Pullman-philip-c-kt-bruceA very special event with Philip Pullman to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of His Dark Materials, widely recognised as one of the finest children’s books of the current age and voted the UK’s third most beloved work of fiction of all time. His Dark Materials won Pullman comparisons with Tolkien and C S Lewis, but he took its title from Milton’s Paradise Lost and the trilogy is a reworking of the story of the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man. It shares all the scope and grandeur of that story yet takes us far beyond.  In this the only public event to mark the anniversary, Pullman talks to The Sunday Times children’s books editor Nicolette Jones about the multi-award-winning trilogy and his life as a writer. Oxford is where his story of Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon begins and, with discussion, readings and clips from the Hollywood movie The Golden Compass to set the scene, this will be an unmissable event.

Pullman is author of the multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy, the first volume of which was turned into the Hollywood movie, The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Children’s Book Award and Whitbread Book of the Year, and has published nearly 20 books. Pullman has written mostly for children, and his other work includes a series featuring Victorian adventurer Sally Lockhart that opens with Ruby in the Smoke. He holds the Honorary Fellowship of the Oxford Literary Festival.

This event is held in association with The Story Museum.

Age 11-adult


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Emer Stamp at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Emer Stamp: The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig 

Emer StampJoin Emer Stamp for a glimpse inside The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. Crammed with cartoons, evil chickens, a plot to send Pig to Pluto, and Farmer, who is feeding Pig suspiciously well. Thank goodness for Duck, his reliable friend. There will be live drawing and lots of laughs.

The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig was inspired by the Devon farm where Stamp grew up. She trained as a graphic designer and has written and illustrated the book. Stamp works in advertising and is one of the creative brains behind recent John Lewis adverts.

6+ years


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Adele Geras at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Adele Geras. Bookworm: the Game of Reading and Remembering

Adèle GerasJoin in and have fun playing the wonderful game of Bookworm while you listen carefully to Adèle Geras reading passages from her own and other brilliant books before she asks you questions that put your skills of instant recall to the test.

This event is for ages 6 and upwards in mixed-aged teams of 4 to 6 players. You can come as a team, or we’ll help you to form a team on the day.

Geras was an actress, singer and French teacher before turning to full-time writing in 1976. Since then, she has published more than 90 books for children and young adults including TroyIthackaHappy Ever After; Silent Snow; and A Thousand Yards of Sea.

Sponsored by Oxford Games Ltd.


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Judith Kerr at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Judith Kerr: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith-kerrIt is over 40 years since the tiger came to tea, and two generations have grown up on this and other stories created by Judith Kerr, all recognised as children’s classics: no wonder that she is beloved by readers young and old.

Born in Berlin, she was forced to flee Germany aged 9 as her father, a writer, was outspoken against Hitler. That story is told her in her semi-autobiographical children’s novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Now in her nineties, she is as lively as ever, and still creating wonderful children’s books. In this very special event, Kerr will share some of the memories that inspiredWhen Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, and also give an insight into the unforgettable characters that star in her picture books.

Kerr’s story was recently told in a BBC documentary in Alan Yentob’s arts series, Imagine.

Age: 8+


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Caroline Lawrence at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Caroline Lawrence. Bookworm: the Fame of Reading and Remembering

Caroline LawrenceJoin in and have fun playing the wonderful game of Bookworm while you listen carefully to Caroline Lawrence reading passages from her own and other brilliant books before she asks you questions that put your skills of instant recall to the test.
This event is for ages 6 and upwards in mixed-aged teams of 4 to 6 players. You can come as a team, or we’ll help you to form a team on the day.

Lawrence is an English-American author known for the hugely popular Roman Mysteries sequence, which became a fantastic television series. Her latest works, The P.K Pinkerton Mysteries, are westerns set in Virginia City in 1862.

Sponsored by Oxford Games Ltd


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Christopher William Hill at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Christopher William Hill: Grim and Gruesome Fun

Christopher William HillWhen children’s author Christopher William Hill was a child he spent nine weeks in hospital after falling off his bicycle and breaking his leg. There was a nurse who would spend ages telling him strange and gruesome stories, much to his delight. Inspired then, he now writes exactly the kind of gruesome stories he would have loved as a child – so if you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies then come along to hear him share some of the deliciously gruesome tales of injury, revenge and murder that make up his tales from Schwartzgarten.

Hill has written four books in his tales from Schwartzgarten series, including Osbert the Avenger and The Woebegone Twins. He is also an award-winning playwright and radio dramatist.
Age 9+


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Steve Cole and Andrew Lane at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Steve Cole and Andrew Lane: ‘Sherlock Holmes versus James Bond’

Steve ColeSherlock Holmes and James Bond: just their names create a thrill. They are both super-smart; super-cool in dangerous situations; and they have both faced down some ruthless criminals. But what were the early influences that formed their characters? Which of the two would you want as a partner? And what would happen if they ever came face to face?

Steve Cole is author of the Astrosaurs and Cows in Action books and knows all about action, adventure and pure, pulse-pounding excitement. He has just written his first Young Bond novel. Andrew Lane has now written seven acclaimed books about the Young Sherlock Holmes.  Join them at this special Holmes versus Bond event. Licensed to thrill? That’s elementary.

This event will be chaired by children’s author Tony Bradman.

Age 10+


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Sunday 29th March

DD Everest at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

DD Everest: Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret 

D D  EverestAuthor D D Everest reveals secrets of Archie Greene’s Oxford world, and even gives a sneak peek into his next adventures. Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret was shortlisted for the 2014 Children’s Book of the Year. It is a thrilling and imaginative fantasy book set in the mysterious world of ancient books, old magic and with an Oxford twist. When Archie, a young orphan gets taken on as a magical apprentice to the mysterious ‘Old Zeb’ in the bowels of an ancient Oxford bookshop, it’s just the start of some magical adventures.

Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret is D D Everest’s first book for children. He is also known as Des Dearlove, a successful business journalist and writer of adult non-fiction books.


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Sally Nicholls at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Sally Nicholls: An Island of Our Own 

Sally NichollsOne of the brightest talents in children’s fiction talks about her brand new children’s novel, An Island of Our Own.  The story of siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy, struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and determined to avoid being taken into care, is an extraordinarily sensitive and powerful novel.

Nicholls was named Glen Dimplex New Writer of the Year in 2008 and won the Waterstones Children’s Book prize forWays to Live Forever.  That was followed by more acclaimed novels for young people including All Fall Down and Close Your Pretty Eyes.

Age 11+


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Daniel Hahn, Simeon Courtie and Siobhan Moore at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

A Good Read: Celebrating the Best Children’s Literature 

Daniel HahnFrom Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, Dogger to Twilight, the last 30 years have witnessed one of the most fertile periods in the history of children’s books.  But what is your favourite? Daniel Hahn, who has revised and updated the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature, and some special guests, including television and radio presenter Simeon Courtie and actress,vocalist and the voice of many children’s characters Siobhan Moore, will introduce and read from classic children’s books before the audience nominates their own best reads.

Hahn is a writer, editor and translator. His works include the history book, The Tower Menagerie. He is one of the editors of The Ultimate Book Guide, a series of reading guides for children, the first of which won the Blue Peter Book Award.

Age 6-adult


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Petr Horácek at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Storytelling with Petr Horácek 

Petr HorácĕkMeet award-winning illustrator Petr Horácek, creator of Puffin Peter, Suzy Goose and Animal Opposites. Petr will tell stories, share drawings from his books and help you create a bright, bold picture-book masterpiece of your own to take home.

Horácek was born in Czechoslovakia and studied at the High School of Art in Prague and the Academy of Fine Art. He moved to England in 1994 and, following the birth of his children, began publishing books. He won the Books for Children Newcomer award in 2001.

Age: 3+


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Ben Alderson, Casey Ann Devoren, Daphne Lao Tonge and Lucy Powrie at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

They Blog, we Blog, you Blog? 

Ben AldersonThere is so much brilliant young adult fiction being published at the moment it is hard to keep up. Thank heavens then for bloggers – those enthusiastic, super-well-read, indefatigable book lovers who share their thoughts on and reviews of new books, and tip us off to the best new authors.

We have brought four of the best together: Ben Alderson (@benjaminoftomes), Casey Ann Devoren (Dark Readers), Daphne Lao Tonge (Winged Reviews) and Lucy Powrie (Queen of Contemporary and Project UKYA, plus YouTube channel thebumblingbibliophile). In this special session they will tell us about authors to love, the books to watch out for this year, and how to get started as a blogger or vlogger. This event could change your life.

Age 14+


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Jonny Duddle at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon

Jonny DuddleCalling all young pirates! Ye’ll not want to miss this special event with award-winning author and pirate captain Jonny Duddle. Get some pirate tips, find out what it’s like making films for Aardman Animation and how he gathered ideas for his Jolley-Rogers books. Hear about The Pirate-Cruncher, take a peek inside Jonny’s sketchbook and help him create a brand new pirate character. Aaarrr!

Duddle is author and illustrator of The Pirates Next Door, which sold more than 100,000 copies in the UK and won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. He was a character designer for Aardman Animation’s recent Oscar-nominated film, The Pirates.

Age: 4+


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Kate Saunders and Hilary McKay at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Favourite Books and New Adventures

Kate Saunders

Chaired by Amanda Craig.

Kate Saunders won this year’s Costa Children’s Book Award for her novel Five Children on the Western Front, a sequel to E Nesbit’s much-loved children’s classic Five Children and It.

In this very special event, she is joined by fellow award-winner Hilary McKay.  McKay wrote a sequel toThe Little PrincessWishing for Tomorrow and these two top authors will talk about favourite books and imagining new adventures for favourite characters.  This session will be chaired by Amanda Craig, former children’s books editor ofThe Times.

Age 10+


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James Mayhew at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Pictures at an Exhibition: Live Storytelling, Art and Music 

James MayhewAuthor-illustrator James Mayhew’s Katie series was first published over 25 years ago and has been widely recognised as the original and best introduction to art for young children. Mayhew’s events are legendary: he devises and performs concerts, combining live classical music, storytelling and art.  Join him for a unique, family-friendly performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – Mayhew will be painting live, accompanied by a pianist and storytelling as he goes.

The original Katie’s Picture Show has been followed by many more in the bestselling series, which sells in museums and galleries across the world. Mayhew is also creator of the Ella Bella Ballerina series, Koshka’s TalesMiranda the Explorerand Boy, and collaborates with many other leading writers and artists. In 2014, he presented with the Docklands SinfoniaPeter and the Wolf to 700 children from schools in Tower Hamlets.

Age 6+


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April


Thursday 16th April

‘Room on the Broom’ at Corn Exchange, Newbury

‘Room on the Broom’

The show will be performed from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 April 2015.

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.
Join in the songs, laughs and scary fun with Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, when it flies into Newbury! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things and all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! - it snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?


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Friday 17th April

‘Room on the Broom’ at Corn Exchange, Newbury

‘Room on the Broom’

The show will be performed from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 April 2015.

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.
Join in the songs, laughs and scary fun with Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, when it flies into Newbury! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things and all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?


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Saturday 18th April

‘Room on the Broom’ at Corn Exchange, Newbury

‘Room on the Broom’

The show will be performed from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 April 2015.

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.
Join in the songs, laughs and scary fun with Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, when it flies into Newbury! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things and all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?


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Sunday 19th April

‘Room on the Broom’ at Corn Exchange, Newbury

‘Room on the Broom’

The show will be performed from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 April 2015.

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.
Join in the songs, laughs and scary fun with Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, when it flies into Newbury! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things and all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?


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Saturday 25th April

‘Pirates, Dinosaurs and Swashbuckling Adventures’ with Neill Cameron at Chip Lit Fest,

‘Pirates, Dinosaurs and Swashbuckling Adventures’

Embark on a swashbuckling adventure and ride on the back of prehistoric giants in this epic comic-creation workshop with the brilliant Neill Cameron.

The renowned comic artist behind The Phoenix’s Mega Robo Bros and Pirates of Pangaea, will guide you through the wonderful world of comics – showing you how to create rich characters, story structure, thrilling and hilarious plots. Bring your ideas to life with paper and pencils, and then tie all those elements together to make your very own comic!

For ages 7 - 12.


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May


Saturday 16th May

Sophie E Tallis at Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester

Sophie E Tallis at Octavia’s Bookshop

Come along to magical Octavia’s Bookshop to meet author and illustrator, Sophie E Tallis, and grab a copy of White Mountain, an epic new fantasy for the 21st century!

With dragons, fire wolves, danger and adventure, come along and be a part of the magic…!


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July


Saturday 18th July

‘The Lone Pine Club’ at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

‘The Lone Pine Club’ 

Performances will be held from 18th-26th July 2015. 

The Lone Pine Club by Alice Birch. Adapted from the books by Malcolm Saville

BE TRUE TO EACH OTHER WHATEVER HAPPENS
David, Dickie and Mary are starting a journey they will never forget. With their new friend - a girl called Peter - they go off on their own and make a secret camp. They start The Lone Pine Club (which must be a real secret – particularly from grown-ups – who generally spoil everything however nice they are). What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.
This summer join Pentabus Theatre Company for a family adventure as they pitch up in the grounds of your local National Trust…
Suitable for children aged  8+.

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Sunday 19th July

‘The Lone Pine Club’ at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

The Lone Pine Club’ 

Performances will be held from 18th-26th July 2015. 

The Lone Pine Club by Alice Birch. Adapted from the books by Malcolm Saville

BE TRUE TO EACH OTHER WHATEVER HAPPENS
David, Dickie and Mary are starting a journey they will never forget. With their new friend – a girl called Peter - they go off on their own and make a secret camp. They start The Lone Pine Club (which must be a real secret – particularly from grown-ups – who generally spoil everything however nice they are). What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.
This summer join Pentabus Theatre Company for a family adventure as they pitch up in the grounds of your local National Trust…
Suitable for children aged  8+.

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Wednesday 22nd July

‘The Lone Pine Club’ at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

‘The Lone Pine Club’ 

Performances will be held from 18th-26th July 2015. 

The Lone Pine Club by Alice Birch. Adapted from the books by Malcolm Saville

BE TRUE TO EACH OTHER WHATEVER HAPPENS
David, Dickie and Mary are starting a journey they will never forget. With their new friend – a girl called Peter - they go off on their own and make a secret camp. They start The Lone Pine Club (which must be a real secret – particularly from grown-ups – who generally spoil everything however nice they are). What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.
This summer join Pentabus Theatre Company for a family adventure as they pitch up in the grounds of your local National Trust…
Suitable for children aged  8+.

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Thursday 23rd July

‘The Lone Pine Club’ at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

‘The Lone Pine Club’ 

Performances will be held from 18th-26th July 2015. 

The Lone Pine Club by Alice Birch. Adapted from the books by Malcolm Saville

BE TRUE TO EACH OTHER WHATEVER HAPPENS
David, Dickie and Mary are starting a journey they will never forget. With their new friend – a girl called Peter - they go off on their own and make a secret camp. They start The Lone Pine Club (which must be a real secret – particularly from grown-ups – who generally spoil everything however nice they are). What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.
This summer join Pentabus Theatre Company for a family adventure as they pitch up in the grounds of your local National Trust…
Suitable for children aged  8+.

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Friday 24th July

‘The Lone Pine Club’ at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

‘The Lone Pine Club’ 

Performances will be held from 18th-26th July 2015. 

The Lone Pine Club by Alice Birch. Adapted from the books by Malcolm Saville

BE TRUE TO EACH OTHER WHATEVER HAPPENS
David, Dickie and Mary are starting a journey they will never forget. With their new friend – a girl called Peter - they go off on their own and make a secret camp. They start The Lone Pine Club (which must be a real secret – particularly from grown-ups – who generally spoil everything however nice they are). What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.
This summer join Pentabus Theatre Company for a family adventure as they pitch up in the grounds of your local National Trust…
Suitable for children aged  8+.

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Saturday 25th July

‘The Lone Pine Club’ at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

‘The Lone Pine Club’ 

Performances will be held from 18th-26th July 2015. 

The Lone Pine Club by Alice Birch. Adapted from the books by Malcolm Saville

BE TRUE TO EACH OTHER WHATEVER HAPPENS
David, Dickie and Mary are starting a journey they will never forget. With their new friend – a girl called Peter - they go off on their own and make a secret camp. They start The Lone Pine Club (which must be a real secret – particularly from grown-ups – who generally spoil everything however nice they are). What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.
This summer join Pentabus Theatre Company for a family adventure as they pitch up in the grounds of your local National Trust…
Suitable for children aged  8+.

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Sunday 26th July

‘The Lone Pine Club’ at Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

‘The Lone Pine Club’ 

Performances will be held from 18th-26th July 2015. 

The Lone Pine Club by Alice Birch. Adapted from the books by Malcolm Saville

BE TRUE TO EACH OTHER WHATEVER HAPPENS
David, Dickie and Mary are starting a journey they will never forget. With their new friend – a girl called Peter - they go off on their own and make a secret camp. They start The Lone Pine Club (which must be a real secret – particularly from grown-ups – who generally spoil everything however nice they are). What begins as a game becomes a true test of courage and loyalty as they find themselves tumbling into all sorts of scrapes and adventures.
This summer join Pentabus Theatre Company for a family adventure as they pitch up in the grounds of your local National Trust…
Suitable for children aged  8+.

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