Creators of Bing, Winnie the Witch and Shifty McGifty, plus folk music legend Peggy Seeger join OutBurst 2018 lineup

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

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Oxford Brookes University has announced the 2018 lineup for OutBurst – the three-day annual festival showcasing ideas, activities and entertainment inspired by the research and teaching at Oxford Brookes University.

The festival takes place from Thursday 19 April – Saturday 21 April at Pegasus theatre, Oxford.

Multi-million selling illustrator Korky Paul with Winnie the Witch and Wilbur will show how reading and drawing are fun in his family-friendly event full of wit, energy and enthusiasm.

Creator of Bing, Ted Dewan will draw live as he talks about his original Bing Bunny books and the CBeebies television series they inspired.

We like to make the festival as varied as possible to give people an idea of the vast range of expertise and fascinating research that’s happening at Oxford Brookes.

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University

Join author Tracey Corderoy and the robber dogs-turned-bakers Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam which she created with illustrator Steven Lenton. Tracey’s event will be filled with rhymes, reading aloud, drawing and a special interactive Shifty and Sam game.

Peggy Seeger, one of folk music’s most respected and influential musicians will talk about her colourful upbringing and remarkable life involving cameos from some of the great and the good of the folk music world – Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Alan Lomax and Libba Cotten et al.

Together with her husband Ewan MacColl, Peggy helped to lay the foundations of the British folk revival, through the innovative Critics Group and the landmark BBC Radio Ballads programmes. As Ewan’s muse, she inspired one of the 20th century’s most popular love songs, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, Angus Phillips said: “Once again, OutBurst promises to be fun-filled and lively with plenty of exciting activities and captivating entertainment all the family will enjoy.

Drawing-with-Light800x450“We like to make the festival as varied as possible to give people an idea of the vast range of expertise and fascinating research that’s happening at Oxford Brookes. There really is something for everyone and I hope that the local community will come and enjoy the festival with us.”

New on the programme for this year’s festival is a performance of readings from two new major voices in poetry – Sophie Collins and Hannah Sullivan. The Faber and Faber poets’ performance will be followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.

Visitors can also battle the Sumo Robots, take part in Tai Chi and Kung Fu workshops, learn Chinese paper crafts, plus there will be art, music, live theatre and film screenings and much more.

This year sees the return of OutBurst favourites: the drawing with light workshop, face-painting, the furniture design workshop and the Nao robots.

Oxford Brookes University has had a long-standing partnership with Pegasus theatre and has held the OutBurst festival there for the last seven years.

The full programme of events at OutBurst can be found at www.brookes.ac.uk/outburst.