Julian Clary is among those appearing at this year's school events.

School events

The following events are for school audiences and are not open to the public. They will last two hours. Tickets are £6 per child, with one free adult ticket with every ten children’s tickets. Additional adult tickets are £7. To make a school booking, contact Rebecca Waiting, UK school accounts manager, Blackwell’s Oxford,  Rebecca.Waiting@blackwell.co.uk (01865) 333606 or email Andrea Reece at andrea@oxfordliteraryfestival.org

Thursday March 30
Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy
Mango & Bambang
10am / Sheldonian Theatre

Polly FaberJoin Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy, the creators of Mango & Bambang, for this interactive session. As Vulliamy draws, Faber, pictured right, reads the enchanting story of a little girl called Mango and her pet tapir Bambang as they get into all sorts of trouble and adventures. Children will have the chance to draw their own friend for Bambang and to enjoy tapir music and maybe some flamenco dancing.

Faber and Vulliamy’s Mango & Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and full of lively two-colour illustrations.

“First chapter books with real charm, Mango & Bambang have the warmth reminiscent of the Paddington stories. With expressively characterised and comical pictures on every page, this is a lesson in tolerance and joie de vivre” The Sunday Times

Suitable for children in years 1 and 2

Thursday March 30
Julian Clary and David Roberts
Meet The Bolds
1pm / Sheldonian Theatre

David RobertsComedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts introduce you to The Bolds, a brand new series of adventures about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street.

The event will include wildly hilarious readings in Clary’s unique style and live drawing by Roberts. The Bolds on Holiday is the latest book in the series and sees the family head to Cornwall for a spot of camping, where Bobby is mistaken for a pup and snatched by a wicked dognapper.

Clary is a comedian, entertainer and novelist, who has toured the world with his one-man shows. He became a household name in the late 1980s, and remains one of the country’s most popular entertainers. Roberts, pictured above, is an award-winning illustrator who has earned great acclaim for his distinctive style. He studied fashion design, but always felt his true calling was in children’s books. He finally realised his dream when his first book was published in 1998, and since then he has collaborated with some of Britain’s finest children’s authors.

Suitable for children in years 4, 5 and 6

Friday March 31
Martin Brown
Lesser Spotted Animals
10am / Sheldonian Theatre

Martin BrownFed up with the same old animals? Bored with bears? Tired of tigers? In his new book, Lesser Spotted Animals, Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown introduces the wonderfully wow wildlife we never get to see.

Lesser Spotted Animals is a fantastic, funny non-fiction series jam-packed with wonderful full-colour illustrations, bite-sized sections, fun facts and quirky text that make it a must have for all non-fiction fanatics.

“For anyone remotely00 interested in art, Martin Brown’s talk on illustrating books was illuminating and fun.” Daily Telegraph

Best known as the illustrator of the hugely popular Horrible Histories series, Brown’s drawings have brought the foul facts and nasty nuggets of history to life for millions of children around the world Now, at last, he’s turned his attention to animals.

Suitable for children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5


  • To make a school booking, contact Rebecca Waiting, UK school accounts manager, Blackwell’s Oxford, Rebecca.Waiting@blackwell.co.uk (01865) 333606 or email Andrea Reece at andrea@oxfordliteraryfestival.org