So we know you spend all week waiting for our little round-up and we don’t want to keep you waiting any longer than necessary, so without further ado:
The biggest hitter for this weekend has to be the marvellous Oxford Literary Festival – in fact if we wanted we could fill this whole blog post with the separate events, instead we’re just going to pick out a few that we think look interesting and suggest that you head on over to our website to see a wider selection here.
Korky Paul – illustrator of Winnie the WitchSat 22nd March, 10.00am, All ages, £6
Have some piratical fun with Winnie the Witch and her illustrator, the one and only Korky Paul! Join him for an energy-filled event of quick sketching, story book adventure and plenty of audience participation.
An audience with Meg Rosoff
Sat 22nd March, 4pm, £6
How I Live Now was published in 2004 to huge critical acclaim and has now been made into a major feature film. Since then, Meg Rosoff has published a substantial work of fiction approximately every 18 months, each one different from the last. Hers is the most condensed and spectacular writing career of the new millennium. Nicolette Jones talks to Meg Rosoff about her novels, including her latest, Picture Me Gone, and the recently filmed How I Live Now
Roald Dahl, mischief and mayhem
Sun 23rd March, 5.30pm, 9-12 years of age
As the world celebrates 50 whipplescrumptious years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we have a truly splendiferous event for all fans of Roald Dahl. Come and join Lucy Mangan, Guardian columnist and author of a forthcoming book about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Roald Dahl Funny Book prize winner, the irrepressible Mr Philip Ardagh, for an afternoon of Roald Dahl story telling and discussion. Nicolette Jones of the Sunday Times is in the chair and will endeavour to keep order. We are delighted to announce too that special musical accompaniment will be provided by cast members of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical. This is guaranteed to be a gloriumptious event, we suggest you snap up a ticket now.
20th – 25th March, from £7, DISCOUNT ONLINE
The brilliant Zippo’s Circus is back on tour with all the faves: from strongmen to acrobats, clowns to horse-riding everything is in place for an exciting and spectacular day out!
Oops – looks like it’s mostly a choice between the Circus and the Literary Festival, unless you want to sneak over to Abingdon for the Oxfordshire Science Festival