• Music by Numbers - James Stevenson

    James Stevenson is a musician and head of a school’s music department from the North East of England, currently residing in Banbury, Oxfordshire. He studied BA Music Production at Leeds College of Music and has a serviceable ability on guitar, trumpet, piano, bass and drums, which he uses on solo composition and in several musical ensembles. James’ interest in music education, particularly when working with complete beginners, is what led to the creation of his book, Music by Numbers. In this session, he will be demonstrating some of the methods for music composition that feature in the book.

    Timing : 15:00 to 16:00

    Suitable for : 14+ and adults

  • Writing Real Life Stuff with Jo Cotterill aka Joanna Kenrick

    A firm Literary Live favourite, Joanna will be back at this year’s event to encourage young people to delve into their imaginations and write about issues that affect them. Joanna is the Author of ‘Red Tears’ and ‘Screwed’: gritty and challenging novels about real issues. Just bring your imagination, your issues and get writing.

    Timing : 13:45 - 14:45

    Suitable for : 14+ only


  • 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 to 13:30

    Suitable for : 14+ and 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 - 17:15

    Suitable for : 14+ and adults


  • Hannah Young RSC - A Christmas Carol

    Join Hannah from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for an interactive workshop exploring the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’

    Timing : 15:00 - 16:00

    Suitable for : 8 to 16