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FOR YOUNGSTERS (AND THE CHILD IN ALL OF US) - MARCH 13 - 12.26PM - 2020

Children’s and teenager events at Oxford Literary Festival 2020

One of the BEST things about the festival is its programme of events for children and teenagers (indeed, truth be known, these are often the most fun and enjoyable for adults too). And 2020 is no different - a veritable ‘Happy Meal’ if you like of talks, celebrations and interactive adventures that will keep the most committed of diigitally savvy youngsters happy. And so, in no particular order, here’s a quick cut-and-paste guide to some of this year’s highlights... * The Star Outside My Window - Onjali Q Raúf, Friday, 27 March, 1.00pm, Sheldonian Theatre (suitable for years 5 and 6) A Blue Peter Book Award winner (frankly, is there any higher compliment?), Raúf talks about ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ and her new book ‘The Star Outside My Window’, both of which extol the power of friendship, resilience and children’s power to change their worlds. * Celebrating the Harry Potter Books - Saturday, 28 March, 10.00am, Sheldonian Theatre (age 7+) In short, an A-to-Z get-together that does what it says on the tin (parents be warned, there be could infectious enthusiasm). * Between The Worlds - Kevin Crossley-Holland, Saturday 28 March, 12.00pm, Weston Lecture Theatre (age 10+) Masterly teller of traditional stories Kevin Crossley-Holland talks about his spell-binding anthology ‘Between the Worlds’, which gathers magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland, stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. * Riddles, Runes and Revenge - Janina Ramirez, Saturday March 28, 2.00pm, Weston Lecture Theatre (Age 9+) And be honest, the title itself is worth the price of a ticket...Plunge into a world of riddles and runes and go ‘a-Viking’ with historian Dr Janina Ramirez and the star of her new children’s books, fearless shield-maiden Alva. Learn fascinating facts about the Vikings and their world and get ready to solve mysterious crimes set in the fjords of Kilsgard. * Climb Aboard The Highland Falcon Thief - M G Leonard and Sam Sedgman, Saturday 28 March, 4.00pm, St Cross College (age 7+) Children’s writers M G Leonard and Sam Sedgman love trains so much they are writing a new series of adventures taking place on amazing railways across the globe. Hear how they had the idea for the first book, ‘The Highland Falcon Thief’, in which 11-year-old Harrison Beck gets to travel on the royal steam train, but, when a priceless diamond is stolen, is plunged into a puzzling mystery. They will share their love of steam engines, talk about how to construct a mystery, and explain why they chose a detective who loves to draw as the hero of their books. Bring a suitcase full of questions and enjoy the ride. * Toto the Ninja Cat - Dermot O’Leary and Nick East, Sunday 29 March, 10.00am, Sheldonian Theatre (Age 6 - 9) One of Britain’s best-loved broadcasters Dermot O’Leary and illustrator Nick East talk about their ‘Toto the Ninja Cat’ series of books aimed at young children. Find out how O’Leary was inspired to create Toto the Cat after he and his wife rescued two cats in Italy and realised that one of them, Toto, had ninja-like reactions despite being blind at birth. Hear O’Leary read from the book and watch and learn how East draws Toto. * Runaway Robot and Broccoli Boy - Frank Cottrell Boyce, Sunday 29 March, 2.00pm, Weston Lecture Theatre (Age 8+) What would you do with a robot best friend? How would you react if you suddenly turned green? How would you spend millions of pounds in just a few days? Award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce has some ideas. He shares these as he talks about his writing and his funny, charming, life-affirming books including ‘Runaway Robot’, ‘The Astounding Broccoli Boy’ and ‘Millions’. * Show and Tell - Rob Biddulph, Sunday 29 March, 2.00pm, Cohen Quad: Lecture Theatre (Age 5+) Everyone loves show and tell. Award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph schools you in magic and wonder. Budding writers and artists will find out how he became an illustrator, and everyone can join in and draw one of the characters in his wonderful book Show and Tell. And assuming that’s whet your appetite, there’ll be more snap shots of family-themed events tomorrow...
The Telegraph Festival media partner University of Oxford Netflix European Union Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the UK Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme BBC World Service International radio partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Oxford Mathematics Spanish Embassy The Spanish Embassy: supporters of the programme of Spanish literature and culture Cervantes Institute, London The Cervantes Institute, London Italian Embassy The Italian Embassy: supporter of the programme of Italian literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner International Literary Properties Festival literary heritage partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Festival hotel Old Bank Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Old Parsonage Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Jim Mellon John Roberts Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture Tim and Marion Stevenson Martin and Elise Becket Smith Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Carole and John Allen David Isaac Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Anna Hunter Rhys and Kerry Phillip Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival. Founded 1314 New College New College founded 1379 Worcester College Worcester College founded 1714 Lincoln College Lincoln College founded 1427 St Cross College St Cross College founded 1965 Trinity College Trinity College founded 1555 Magdalen College Magdalen College founded 1458 Critchleys Accountants to the festival Pasture to Plate Compassion in World Farming Human Ecology Project MACROVegan Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Sponsor of the EBRD Literature Prize since 2018 ROOMS Georgia's leading lifestyle hotel brand since 2012. Supporters of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Jewish Book Week Partner of Oxford Literary Festival Foodbuy Thje Menu Partners Institute of Hospitality Goldmoney Properties Project People Oxford Brookes University Oxford International Centre for Publishing Confucius Institute Pusey House British Academy Festival academic partner Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford United Football Club Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Paul Bloomfield Ltd University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Conference Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates CAV Oxford The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Images Oxford University Images Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Force4Good Consultancy Corporate communications OX magazine Ox in a Box K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography The Litmus Partnership Schoolreaders Windrush Group James Currey Society

The Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

The Telegraph Festival media partner University of Oxford Netflix European Union Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the UK Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme BBC World Service International radio partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Oxford Mathematics Spanish Embassy The Spanish Embassy: supporters of the programme of Spanish literature and culture Cervantes Institute, London The Cervantes Institute, London Italian Embassy The Italian Embassy: supporter of the programme of Italian literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner International Literary Properties Festival literary heritage partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Festival hotel Old Bank Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Old Parsonage Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Jim Mellon John Roberts Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture Tim and Marion Stevenson Martin and Elise Becket Smith Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Carole and John Allen David Isaac Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Anna Hunter Rhys and Kerry Phillip Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival. Founded 1314 New College New College founded 1379 Worcester College Worcester College founded 1714 Lincoln College Lincoln College founded 1427 St Cross College St Cross College founded 1965 Trinity College Trinity College founded 1555 Magdalen College Magdalen College founded 1458 Critchleys Accountants to the festival Pasture to Plate Compassion in World Farming Human Ecology Project MACROVegan Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Sponsor of the EBRD Literature Prize since 2018 ROOMS Georgia's leading lifestyle hotel brand since 2012. Supporters of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Jewish Book Week Partner of Oxford Literary Festival Foodbuy Thje Menu Partners Institute of Hospitality Goldmoney Properties Project People Oxford Brookes University Oxford International Centre for Publishing Confucius Institute Pusey House British Academy Festival academic partner Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford United Football Club Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Paul Bloomfield Ltd University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Conference Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates CAV Oxford The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Images Oxford University Images Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Force4Good Consultancy Corporate communications OX magazine Ox in a Box K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography The Litmus Partnership Schoolreaders Windrush Group James Currey Society