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Thursday 7th April, 12pm, St Johns: Auditorium, Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown (© Paul Marriott)

Oxford Lit Fest…72 hours to go

If there's one thing the festival truly delivers, it's nine days of brilliantly realised activities for anyone and everyone from four to 16
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"Atinuke Akinyemi conjures up the sights and sounds of life in Africa"

In truth, it's really only a matter of hours now (72 if you want to be pedantic) until the 20th Oxford Literary Festival kicks off, and we thought a whirlwind tour through its children's and young adults events might be fun.

 

Here then is a VERY SHORT guide to just some of the highlights on offer (Part Two will come next time) On Saturday 2nd April, at 11am at the Weston Library: Blackwell Hall, John Gordon-Reid takes festival goers on a spectacular voyage through the last four billion years of life on Earth, providing a family talk fit for all curious individuals. Plus, it's FREE!

And later the same day – 2pm, Weston Library: Blackwell Hall – John will be setting off on a jet-propelled narrative through some of the most significant scientific discoveries ever made over the last 10,000 years (and again, it's FREE).

On Monday, join performance poet Joseph Coelho as he bring the poems from his award-winning collection Werewolf Club Rules alive with a wonderful interactive performance (2pm, Worcester College: Linbury Building, £6).

While on the following day, Nigerian-British author and traditional storyteller Atinuke Akinyemi conjures up the sights and sounds of life in Africa (2pm, Worcester College: Linbury Building, £6), telling stories that are not only centuries old, but have travelled across many continents to reach you.

On Thursday 7th April, 12pm, St Johns: Auditorium, Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown tells us the secrets behind drawing for the series that has lit up the lives of numerous children and their parents – albeit in a grizzly way, and gone on to be a BAFTA –award-winning CBBC show.

And that is just scratching the surface.

More tomorrow...

- Jeremy Smith

 

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Top Image - © Paul Marriott