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An absolute must on anyone's Oxford Literary Festival must-do list is surely the Little Star Writing Workshop on Wednesday 6th April

Oxford Lit Fest...48 hours and counting

As promised yesterday, here is part two of our guide to the best in children's and young adults’ events at this year's Oxford Literary Festival
Editor-at-large Jeremy Smith

"Yes, the Grunt family is back"

An absolute must on anyone's Oxford Literary Festival must-do list is surely the Little Star Writing Workshop on Wednesday, at 10am at the Worcester College: Linbury Building (£6).


Little Star Writing run award-winning creative writing workshops for children aged 7+, using a series of games and activities to illustrate just how much fun writing can be.

But if that doesn't whet your appetite, don't forget that author Tracey Corderoy will be bringing to life her two hapless robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam on Thursday 7th April, 10am, at Worcester College: Linbury Building (£6).

The two pooches will steal your heart, even if they are not very good at pinching anything else ,and is a must for dog lovers everywhere.

The wonderfully entertaining Christopher Lloyd manages somehow to explain the complete plays of William Shakespeare on Friday 8th April at 11am in the Weston Library: Blackwell Hall (FREE!).

Using a coat with different coloured pockets to represent jealousy (green), anger (red), riches (gold), love (purple), terror (white) and magic (black), he takes his young audiences on a roller coaster ride through Shakespeare's comedies, dramas and tragedies.

On Saturday 9th April, best-selling children's author Liz Pichon gets ready to turn Oxford into the brilliant world of Tom Gates (2pm, Sheldonian Theatre, £6-15).

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates has sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into 36 languages, as well as winning the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12 year olds Prize.

And on Sunday 10th April, to finish off an exhilarating nine days of children's literature, why not finish in style with a return to the world of The Grunts? (12pm, Bodleian: Divinity School, £6).

Yes, the Grunt family is back and as delightfully repulsive as ever (for instance, they wash with cheese if there doesn't happen to be any soap to hand...).

tomorrow, to finish our countdown to the start of the festival, we'll be taking a look at all its special events, including dinners and concerts.

Bye for now...


- Jeremy Smith


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