Apr 05

Financial Times Weekend Oxford Literary Festival by Philippa Brewer

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Anyone up for a medley of authors and illustrators?

Exciting times until 10th April 2016: Children’s Literary Stars will be converging on Oxford early next month: Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Lucy Worsley, Jonathon Stroud  and Chris Riddell are just a few of the celebrated children’s writers who will speak, read, and draw, at the Financial Times Weekend  Oxford Literary Festival  – which is celebrating  its 20th anniversary this year.

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The Festival’s Children’s Programme features a variety of talks, workshops and hands-on drawing and illustration sessions:

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Watch as current children’s laureate Chris Riddell (creator of Alienography and the Ottoline series) illustrates his responses to your questions about his characters, his life and his work.


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Take part in The Great British Creative Challenge led by Jonathon Stroud: as part of  his Freedom to Think campaign,  he will lead a discussion  with  authors Chris  Riddell, Abi Elphinstone and Alex Wheatle, exploring the importance of creativity, and ways in which parents and teachers can give children time and space to use their imaginations.

Listen to Jacqueline Wilson (former Children’s Laureate )as she reads from her new book, and talks about well-loved characters from her earlier work  – Tracy Beaker, The Illustrated Mum and historical character Hetty Feather. Lucy Worsley, until now best known for her work as a historian and TV presenter, will also be introducing her first children’s historical novel : Eliza Rose  – set in the court of Henry viii and based on the true story of Katherine Howard and her maid servant.

The Festival,  which runs until the 10th of April 2016 covers a wide range of other  literary genres –literature, politics, science, food, religion:  workshops take place all over the historic city.

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More details of the programme of talks and associated events, and to book tickets please visit http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/