The programme may be subject to changes if and as is necessary.

2015 Speakers included Clare MacKintosh, Oxford Story Museum, Joe Craig, Sue Hampton, The Prime Writers, Killer Women and much more

All things Forest School with Hanwell Fields

Hands-on experience with Forest School Leaders.  Will involve sticks, string, bug finders, buckets, bows and arrows, fairies and even a surprise guest.  Exciting.  Want to find out more…come along and get involved. 

Timing : 11:00   Suitable for ages 3 to 13



Inventive Ideas and Imagination with Cas Lester

Cas Lester spent many years as children’s TV Producer with CBBC and made award winning programmes including The Story of Tracy Beaker.   Now a writer herself, her books include ‘Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy’ and ‘Harvey Drew and the Bin Men from Outer Space’.  Join Cas for an interactive, and entertaining workshop and leave full of ideas for writing stories of your own.  ‘Wilfred the Wise’ is out now: 'Brilliant - so inventive and imaginative' - Jacqueline Wilson 

Timing : 12:30   Suitable for up to age 12


Hip Hop Poetry and Rap with Karl Nova

Karl Nova is a rapper, singer and spoken word poet. He has toured extensively in America, Europe and Africa and is known for his energetic and infectious performances which weave lyrical dexterity with humour and inspirational themes. His style can be said to be socially conscious, inspirational, thought provoking and just plain fun, it engages the listener and takes them on a journey.

Timing : 12:30   Suitable for up to age 14


Teenage Hijack with Miriam Moss

After having a packed room at last year’s Literary Live, we have asked Miriam back again to talk about the experiences that led to this gripping story.  What if you were on a plane that was hijacked?  Miriam Moss was only 15 when she was on a plane hijacked by Palestinian terrorists in 1970. This is an intense, realistic and thrilling story. Join Miriam and learn how she turned these true events into fiction.

Timing : 12:30   Suitable for 14+

Griselda Heppel

Griselda’s first book, Ante's Inferno, won the Children’s People's Book Prize and a Silver Wishing Shelf Award.  Her new book, The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst  has just reached the finals of The People’s Book Prize.  When not writing she volunteers at the magical Story Museum in Oxford, a dream job for a children’s writer!  Join her at Banbury Literary Live and have a peak into her books and find out why they are award winners.

Timing : 14:00   Suitable for up to age 13

The Football Boy Wonder with Martin Smith

Are you football mad?  Charlie Fry is football mad. He sleeps wearing his team's full kit and dreams of scoring the winning goal in an FA Cup final. He plays football around the clock - at the park, on the way to school, at lunchtimes and even in his bedroom until his mum tells him off.  Even though he has a hereditary disease that fills his lungs with mucus, Charlie does not let this put him off.  He does not let the bullies win.   This is about friendship, hard work and believing in yourself.  Join Martin to talk all things soccer and learn about the character of Charlie.

Timing : 14:00   Suitable for up to age 13

Get Creative with 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 : 14:00   Suitable for 14+ only

Big questions in science with Rebecca Mileham

How much sleep do we really need? Are computer games bad for your health, or good? And why did people once think that we see by shooting rays out of our eyes?  Banbury-based science writer Rebecca Mileham shares the answers to questions she has investigated as part of her job as an author and text-writer for museums all over the world.

Timing : 15:15   Suitable for up to age 14


The Wonderful World of Blogging with Emily-Jane Clark

Blogging as a good career move? Want advice on how to showcase your work? Emily-Jane got into blogging by accident.  After another sleep-deprived night, she wrote a post chronicling a typical night with her sleep-hating babies. It went viral and thus her blog was born:  Sleep Is For The Weak and soon, a book will follow.  As a Freelance Journalist, Emily-Jane writes for Metro UK, Good Housekeeping and Huffington Post and has also been published in the New Statesman, Telegraph, Mirror Online and Mail Online.  Join Emily-Jane and become a successful blogger.

Timing : 15:15   Suitable for 14+

More authors to be added, watch this space.