Members of Oxford’s many reading and writing groups have offered to run fun and accessible literary pub quizzes throughout the year.
Oxford Playhouse will produce between six and twelve dramatic adaptations of books championing radical thinking especially for the World Book Capital year.
As World Book Capital in 2014, Oxford will build new and wider collaborations using a dedicated School Literacy Programme to inspire a new generation of readers and writers.
As part of Pegasus Theatre’s Create for Change programme, 250 young people from Oxford and Oxfordshire, many with literacy needs, will be reinventing the Arabian Nights epic through drama, rap, song and dance. Final performances of the production will take place in April.
Bookfeast, an independent charity which has emerged from the Education and Outreach programme of the annual Oxford Literary Festival, will present a new festival of children’s authors speaking to school children in April 2014.
World Book Night will ensure that Oxford’s World Book Capital year opens with a bang! The charitable initiative invites thousands of selected volunteers to give away specially printed copies of books to people who don’t regularly read.
With public readings to an audience of thousands and the ever-increasing media attention that this event receives, World Book Night will awaken new readers to the joy of books, whilst letting everyone in Oxford know that the World Book Capital year has officially begun.
‘Lit Up’ is a four-day Stories Festival that will launch the literacy initiative for the World Book Capital year.
The Story Museum, Bookfeast, Oxfordshire County Council Libraries, Pegasus Theatre and the Children’s International Arts Festival will come together with First Story, Reading Quest, Oxford Hub and others to present a variety of author and illustrator talks, dramatic productions, live poetry readings and a conference for young people.
Oxford will work together with all five of its twin towns during the World Book Capital year to create a programme focussing on the theme of books and reading.
Oxford and Grenoble will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their twinning in May 2014, and will give the celebration a literary theme.
The Oxford Playhouse’s annual Charles Simonyi Lecture presents the work of a leading scientist for a general audience.