October Events

Tickets are now available. Depending on the popularity of an event, tickets will be available on the door. Book now to avoid disappointment. Telephone enquiries about events with no booking number listed – 01367 700615.

Please visit the Contributors page for more detailed information about the people involved in this year’s Festival.

All venues are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise stated.

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Death Café – Charlbury
Good company, cake and a chat about death. What could be better? A chance to reflect and share your thoughts in relaxed and informal settings. Never morbid, often light hearted! Not recommended for the recently bereaved. One of thousands such cafés springing up worldwide. For more information www.deathcafe.com. There is a £3.50 voluntary donation and booking is recommended but not required.
September 26th 15.15-17.15 Book – 01235 849427 /
joan.gardner@oxbel.org.uk  Memorial Hall Charlbury OX7 3PZ 

 

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Death Café – Oxford
Good company, cake and a chat about death. What could be better? A chance to reflect and share your thoughts in relaxed and informal settings. Never morbid, often light hearted! Not recommended for the recently bereaved. One of thousands such cafés springing up worldwide. For more information www.deathcafe.com. There is a £3.50 voluntary donation and booking is recommended but not required.
October 6th 18:30-20:30 Book – 01235 849427 / joan.gardner@oxbel.org.uk Sainsbury’s Kidlington Superstore, 289 Oxford Road, OX5 2PE

 

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Death Café – Didcot
Good company, cake and a chat about death. What could be better? A chance to reflect and share your thoughts in relaxed and informal settings. Never morbid, often light hearted! Not recommended for the recently bereaved. One of thousands such cafés springing up worldwide. For more information www.deathcafe.com. There is a £3.50 voluntary donation and booking is recommended but not required.
October 13th 18:30-20:30 Book – 01235 849427 / joan.gardner@oxbel.org.uk Sainsbury’s Didcot SuperstoreDidcot, OX11 7ND

 

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Outside the Box – A live show about Death
It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me want everyone to see it’ – Matt Holland, Swindon Literature Festival. Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, a new one-woman show written and performed by Liz Rothschild offering her unique perspective as an actor, celebrant and burial ground manager. A stream of stories, both poetic and thought provoking, personal and professional, answering questions you may never have thought to ask. Some pithy commentary on the funeral industry and afterwards a conversation with you, the audience. ‘Informative, uplifting and life affirming’ – audience member. www.fullcircleproductions.org.uk
October 20th 19:45-21:30 Book – jo.withers@finity.org.uk 01494 868985 £10
Ballinger Memorial Hall, Ballinger Road, Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 9LQ
October 24th 20:00-21:30 Book – 01865 319450 £14/£12
The North Wall, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7NN

 

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Festival Launch
Come and meet Rachael Chadwick and hear about her experiences before and after her 60 Postcards project which inspired our very own Oxford version. Gorgeous skull biscuits and a chance to browse other relevant books on display for the Festival. And a surprise commissioned by the Festival from Groovy Su of the Cowley Carnival and Ark T. Come and find out what she has been up to.
October 25th 17:00-18:00 Book – not required FREE
Blackwells, Broad Street OX4 1HU

 

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Catweazle Club
An evening dedicated to death, dying, life and all matters in between. Come and perform. Come and listen. Oxford’s longest-running unplugged performance space for music, poetry, story and song, and all manner of acoustic artistry. Founded in 1994 by song writer Matt Sage: catweazleclub.com
One of five essential cultural interludes in Oxford’ – The Guardian
The atmosphere is magic’ – Virtually Acoustic
October 27th 20:00-22:00 £6/£5
The Lounge, East Oxford Comm. Centre, Princes Street OX4 1HU

 

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Death Day at Ark T
Singing 10.30-12.30 with Katie Gilbert and Cait Sweeney (£3), two part oil painting on life, death & decay (booking required, £5) 11-1 with Giles Davies, Teenage death cafe 12.30-2 with Hannah Bruce (booking required), Mexican themed art & craft with Groovy Su,  Sean Hampson and Cait (£2), second part of oil painting 2-4, music performance by young people at 6, death themed film night for teenagers at 7. All figures are suggested donations.
October 28th All day Book – www.ark-t.org
Ark T, Crowell Rd, OX4 3LN

 

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A contemplative art workshop led by Wren Hughes. Through silent reflection and the optional use of art materials, this workshop offers an opportunity to take some time for yourself in a still, focussed and creative environment. In the morning we will be focusing on poetry insights, memories and images which have deeply touched our lives, leading into the afternoon in which you will be shown how to make a simple and exquisite miniature book to gather your reflections.
October 29th All day Book – 01865 459924   £55/£45
info@wrenhughes.co.uk  booking deposit of £10
St Alban’s Hall, Charles Street, OX4 3AH

 

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In Mexico the Dias de los Muertos is a more significant festival than Christmas. Created by members of the Mexican community in Oxford, visit the Day of the Dead Altar and celebrate at The Story Museum.
Free crafting activities offered throughout the day as well as bookable sugar skull workshops, for more details about workshops and bookings please see here.
October 29th 10:00-17:00 & 30th 11:00-16:00
Book – 01865 790050 
The Story Museum, 42 Pembroke Street, OX1 31BP

 

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