Fay Weldon – one of Britain’s foremost novelists – is set to headline this year’s festival, which promises to be another great literary extravaganza from October 24 to November 1.
Weldon will be presenting Mischief – a collection of 21 of her favourite short stories – and revealing her thoughts on a half century of writing contemporary fiction.
Former Childrey resident and Wantage school pupil Eleanor Stewart will be coming home to describe what made her leave holy orders as a nun … to become a mother-of-two – while former Beirut hostage Terry Waite will be telling us about his warm and charmingly funny story The Voyage of The Golden Handshake.
Laughs will be a plenty during the week courtesy of one of the most talked-about shows on the UK comedy scene – Austentatious. A total sell-out at Edinburgh Festival three years running, the show stars a talented troupe of six who create a comedy play based entirely on audience suggestions.
And returning for a second year running, Little Chico’s hugely popular Murder Mystery dinner will be serving up ‘Die School Union’ at The Bear Hotel – with not all of the guests making it to registration…
In addition to talks on the ancient Greeks, Gallipoli, a scandal at Blenheim Palace and female boxing in the 18th Century, chemistry teacher Andy Brunning will be explaining the weird science behind our every day food and drink in Why does asparagus make your wee smell? – while sports hack Martin Johnson will regale us with entertaining tales of his life as a journalist in Can I carry your bags?
As the story of the army’s secret X platoon is revealed, there will also be writing and art workshops, contemporary poetry, and a unique scratch and sniff fragrance event with tea.
Programme organiser Dorothy Burrows said: ‘This year we have something for everyone, from famous and first time authors, to comedy and interactive sessions that involve food, tea and even perfume.
“Keep checking our website and Twitter for updates on what’s happening – and remember to book early!”
Tickets will be on sale by 10 September.
Advance booking is strongly recommended for all events and essential for creative writing and craft workshops, the Murder Mystery Dinner, the Scratch and Sniff Afternoon Tea and the Pitch to the Agent and Pitch to the Editor events. There are 3 ways to book tickets…
- Visit The Beacon coffee shop and buy from the Festival Stall at the following times and dates only…September 16, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 and October 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21,24 10.30am – 1pm. This is a brilliant way to find out more about events as a member of the committee will be there to answer your queries.
- Buy in person from the Vale & Downland Museum during museum opening hours.
- Buy online from www.ticketsoxford.com ( Please note that the Murder Mystery Dinner and the Craft Cafe workshop tickets are not available online.)
Please note: Ticket sales from the Festival Stall or the Vale & Downland Museum must be paid for by cheque or cash only.