FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival: Children’s Programme

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival unveils Children’s Programme

FT_Weekend_oxford_literary_festivalThe Festival runs from Saturday 2nd April to Sunday 10th April in historic venues across Oxford

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival has confirmed a stellar line up of internationally renowned and celebrated figures in children’s literature in this year’s Children’s and Young People’s Programme.

The fantastic line up of speakers at the Festival includes:

  • Dame Jacqueline Wilson
  • Chris Riddell
  • Julian Clary
  • Liz Pichon
  • Lucy Worsley
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Lauren Child
  • David Baddiel
  • Philip Reeve

One of the highlights of the Festival, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, is former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author Dame Jacqueline Wilson who will speak about some of her most beloved characters and will give a sneak preview of her brand new book, Rent-a-Bridesmaid. This year’s Costa Book Award Winner Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree, and award-winning author Philip Reeve will also discuss their celebrated books and influences on their writing.

New Children’s Laureate and creator of Alienography and the Ottoline series Chris Riddell will be speaking about his love of drawing at Meet the Laureate and drawing the answers to audience members’ questions during his talk. Comedian, novelist and television presenter David Baddiel will introduce his new children’s book The Person’s Controller whilst comedian and novelist Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts will host a special event to introduce their new book, The Bolds to the Rescue with jokes, readings from the book and live illustrations.

Popular historian and television presenter Lucy Worsley will speak on her debut children’s novel Eliza Rose. Set in Henry VIII’s court the story follows Henry’s fifth wife Katherine Howard and her maid of honour Eliza Camperdowne. Best-selling author Liz Pichon will read from her latest Tom Gates book as well as leading fun-packed quizzes and doodle demonstrations.

As part of the Festival’s American Programme, award-winning American author Jewell Parker Rhodes will speak to writer Wendy Meddour on the topical subject of diversity in children’s books and will discuss her popular Louisiana Girls trilogy which explores themes of coming of age and adversity.

A special event taking place at this year’s Festival is The Great British Creative Challenge chaired by best-selling author Jonathon Stroud as part of his Freedom to Think campaign to inspire parents to give children time to use their imaginations and be creative. A fantastic panel of four authors including Stroud, Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, adventure author Abi Elphinstone and author Alex Wheatle will explore why creativity is so important as well as creating models and artwork live on stage, with audience members taking a free creative pack home to invent their own creations.

To book tickets and to keep up to date with all the latest details and speaker announcements please visit the website: http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/


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