• Miriam Moss - Girl on a Plane

    “After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is flying back alone from Bahrain to her boarding school in the UK. But her plane never makes it. The flight is hijacked by Palestinian guerrillas. They force the plane to land in the Jordanian desert, switch off the engines and issue their demands. If these are not met within three days, they will blow up the plane, killing all the hostages. The heat on board becomes unbearable, food and water supplies dwindle. Time is running out . . .” ‘Girl on a Plane’ is based on the true story of the 1970s hijack of 3 planes – a 15yr old Miriam was on one of them. Listen to how this traumatic real event was turned into fiction. Miriam has This is a Book’s Trust Book ‘Buzz Book’. Nerve-shredding drama. Hangs together seamlessly. The Independent

    Timing : 12:30 - 13:30

    Suitable for : 14+ and Adults


  • Gary Green - Bombs for Breakfast

    Bombs for Breakfast: Banbury man and former soldier, Gary Green has written a hard hitting and gut wrenching exposé of war. Having suffered with Post Traumatic Stress, this carthartic book is a ‘warts and all’ look at life in war.

    Timing : 15:00 to 16:00

    Suitable for : Adults


  • Tom George - Mindfulness and Creativity

    Mindfulness and creativity are combined beautifully in this workshop, presented by writer and wellbeing facillitator Tom George. By bringing attention to our senses, examining natural objects (rocks, shells etc.) and using fun, collaborative exercises we can learn to free our creativity and write from the heart - poetry, prose or whatever comes out. Comments from recent workshops: "I really enjoyed this and found it has re-inspired my passion for writing. Thank you so much Tom"; "Very inspirational workshop, really got me thinking. Would definitely attend other workshops"; "Really enjoyed it. Liked meeting new people and interacting". All sharing of work is voluntary and non-judgemental. Writing materials will be supplied or you can bring your own.

    Timing : 13:45 to 14:45

    Suitable for : Adults


  • Tess - The Inside Story of Tess the Musical

    If you’ve ever wondered how a new musical is made, you can get the inside track direct from the creatives involved. The new British musical TESS – based on the much-loved Thomas Hardy classic novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles – is well under way on its journey from score to stage, and Banbury audiences can get a special sneak preview of the show before it hits the theatre. Composer Michael Blore and lyricist Michael Davies will be presenting excerpts from the show, performed live by cast members from the original concept album, and there’ll be an opportunity to put your own questions to them about the making of a musical in a Q&A session

    Timing : 16:15 - 17:15

    Suitable for : 14+ and Adults


  • Gwen Watson - Voiceovers

    Gwen Watson is a British UK-based voiceover artist and radio presenter, with a friendly, warm and engaging voice and personality. Be entertained: hear what it takes to do this from Gwen’s own experiences and listen to a range of Gwen’s own voiceovers.

    Timing : 16:15 to 17:15

    Suitable for : 14+ and adults