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No Sunday blues today

Sir Ian McKellen, Minibeast adventure and Julian Clary

DAY TWO - 7.43AM

It’s the early bird that catches the worm, so despite the fact it’s early Sunday morning, I want to be sure I pick the best of the best from today’s Lit Fest, and right at the top of my bucket list is… (well, you don’t need a degree in psychology from Oxford University or Brooke’s to work this out),  Sir Ian McKellen tonight at 6.00pm at Worcester College.

I’ll be honest though, my knee-jerk choice for today was going to be the Minibeast Adventure taking place at Worcester College this morning, but since it’s sold out, Sir Ian I’m sure will make a fine fall-back alternative.

However, not wanting anything too stodgy for this Sunday morning, I’ve plump instead for ‘The 4-Billion Year Story of Life on Earth’, as told by John Gordon-Reid at Weston Library: Blackwell Hall at 11.00am.

Yes, the subject matter could make it a rather large slice of cake to swallow, but since it’s for children, and is free, it’s my guess it could prove to be a rather jolly roller coaster of a ride.

And now that’s the morning and evening taken care care of, what about the afternoon?

Well, who could resist comedian, author, broadcaster and all-round nice guy Julian Clary at Oxford’s Sheldonian at 2.00pm, introducing us to his new children’s book ‘The Bolds to the Rescue’.

Focusing, as it does, on a family of hyenas who just happen to live in a nice suburban house (who WOULDN’T want to be a children’s writer?) it seems the perfect filling for a literary sandwich bookended by evolution and a true knight of the stage.

At least I’m hoping so….

 

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd