Oxford Children’s Book Group

OCBG Conference 2019

Heroines and Heroes
Conference Update: Saturday October 12th

Dear OCBG Members and Supporters,
Please note that we have had to rejig the 12th October but we think we have salvaged the day to offer everyone a fascinating morning, with brilliant speakers and a raffle.

There are already over 25 delegates but it is not too late to sign up for an amazing extravaganza of children’s books and their authors! If you have not registered, but you would like to do so, then please contact us

We have decided to make the occasion a morning event- 9.30 am -1pm. As a result, we will only charge £15 per head, to cover our costs.

The new venue is the Frideswide Room, in Christ Church College, St Aldates, in the city centre (park at Redbridge Park n’ Ride, or Ice Rink or Westgate car parks). From the station, it is approx. 10-15 mins walk.
Please see below the revised schedule for Sat Oct 12th:

Heroines and Heroes

  • 9:30am register in Frideswide Room (Christ Church- enter at Tom gate) and coffee
  • 10:00am Key to Flambards (Linda Newbery interviewed by Kathy Le Maire)
  • 10:40am Heroes of the past: the Viking mysteries (Janina Ramirez)
  • 11:20am Coffee
  • 11:35am Leo, a war-time hero (Patricia Murphy)
  • 12:00pm Oxford’s stories of heroism (Isy Mead/Jackie Holderness)
  • 12:25pm Conclusion, plenary and Q’s (Bill Laar)
  • 12:55pm Evaluation. Raffle
  • 13:00pm Lunch room available at Story Museum

(Everyone, including the committee, will buy their own lunch, except the speakers/interviewer who will be guests of OCBG).

Choose from:


Soup – carrot and coriander (Vegan and gluten free) (£5)

Frittata and salad (Vegetarian/dairy free) (£5)

Sausage roll or Cornish pasty with salad (£5)

Sandwiches – (£5.50)
ham, cheese, and tomato
Chicken, basil and mozzarella
Hummus and roast veg (Vegetarian)
Vegan cheese and roast veg (Vegan)

Salads – (£6.50)
with any 2 toppings vegan – hummus, falafel, roast vegetables, avocado,
Vegetarian + mozzarella, feta, cheddar
Meat – ham, chicken,
Topped with seeds, pomegranate and French dressing



With another brilliant line-up of authors and speakers, including Janina Ramirez, Linda Newbery, Tom Palmer, and Bill Laar…

OCBG Biennial Conference 2019

OCBG Conference 2019

Saturday October 12th 2019
Oxford University Press
9:30am – 4:00pm

50% Discount for students. Students will be asked to show their valid student ID.

Download the poster, programme and booking form in pdf format here or Word format here

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The Oxford Children’s Book Group (OCBG) has been organising events for children and adults in Oxfordshire for over twenty years. We are a diverse group of local parents, teachers, librarians, students, authors, illustrators, publishers and bookworms of all ages who are all interested in children’s literature.

OCBG is part of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (registered charity No. 268289), which aims to promote a love of reading and of literature in children all over the country. The Federation was set up to promote enjoyment and interest in both children’s literature and reading itself, and to encourage the availability of a range of literature for all ages, from pre-school to teenagers.


Locally, we have links with schools, playgroups, publishers, libraries, and other official bodies. We aim to provide a meeting point for parents, professionals, and everyone who shares our commitment to bringing books into the hands of children everywhere.

In Oxford we hold at the very least one child-centered public book event each term, along with plenty of private events at member schools all over the county. We also organise storytellings, library sessions, and other family-friendly events.


Korky Paul Dragon

Join Oxford Children’s Book Group

We always welcome new members – with or without children, and children’s literature lovers of any age. Fresh ideas and suggestions as to what activities we could do are always encouraged!

The Group aims to promote a love of books from a young age, and supports reading initiatives in the community, as well as getting books into the hands of those who might not otherwise have them.

Schools and other groups also benefit greatly from joining as all member schools have the chance to receive author or illustrator visits or other book events organised by us – often for no additional cost.

Just by joining the group you will help to provide exciting events for children all over Oxfordshire, but if you would like to get involved in the committee, we would love to welcome you. Pop along to any of the adult-centered events, or drop us an email.

Membership runs October-October each year, costs £15 per year for individuals and £25 for groups, and includes :

  • 3 copies of the fantastic Carousel Magazine annually, (worth £4.95 each !!!)
  • National FCBG newsletters
  • Oxford CBG newsletters
  • Free local author events
  • Member’s discount for local and national conferences
  • Author events in your school

Please contact us for more information, or download the membership form to join now and help to provide exciting events for children all over Oxfordshire.


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