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TAL Festival Ltd

12 Aston Street



Telephone : 0871 288 3420


Thame Arts & Literature Festival

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11th to 15th October 2017

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A TAL Story

Every October since 2010, Thame has hosted an annual Arts & Literature Festival with approximately 35 events packed into an intensive and inspirational weekend.

Each Festival takes 10 months to plan and 6 months to promote.

Some 3,500 people, mostly from a radius of 25 miles, pack out venues across the town.

We create an informative and well received web-site each year as well as 5,000 free souvenir printed brochures. These, together with campaigns on facebook and twitter, interviews in local media and newsletters to our 1,500 address database offers great opportunities to involve sponsors and partners.

TAL Festival is a not-for-profit organisation that is entirely self funded from ticket sales and sponsorship.

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Festival Details

Festival Office :

12 Aston St, Oxford. OX4 1EP

Telephone : 0871 288 3420

Email : info@talfestival.org

TAL Philosophy

Our philosophy is to deliver an accessible festival for everyone that is in equal parts, entertaining, enjoyable and informative.  

We partner with commercial organisations, local government, arts organisations and publishers to maintain ticket prices at a rate that everyone can afford.

It’s about the experience: Participate Enjoy Inspire

Our research tells us that our visitors attend multiple events over the weekend and the Festival is perceived as being professional, friendly and excellent value for money.

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Become a Sponsor

It takes 9 months to plan and costs over £25,000 to put on the TAL Festival.

We simply could not do it if it were not from the support we get from our partners, sponsors and volunteers.

Would you and your company consider supporting the Festival by being an Event Sponsor?

For full details, email me at steve@talfestival.org

I would be delighted to talk to you about the possibilities

What you said about the Festival 

“Thank you so much for leading such a wonderfully successful Thame Literary & Arts Festival. In my opinion, the best yet.  Excellent speakers and very good audience sizes. Well done to you and the whole team.”

 “We very much enjoyed the events we went to, particularly the Roger McGough evening.”

 “Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's talk was such an interesting one. Rob and I both really enjoyed it and we bought the book.”

  “I love TAL Festival. It’s so interesting. I would like to have gone to all the events!”

 “I’ve stocked up on some great books for Christmas presents!”

 “Thank you for a brilliant festival.”

 We were very touched by the family who came from Bishop Stortford to hear Adrian Tinniswood talk about his book The Long Weekend. They had missed him talking before in London, so decided to come to Thame to hear him. And they weren’t disappointed. When they saw what else TAL had to offer, they booked into a hotel and stayed for the whole weekend! “What a wonderful event,” they told us. “We’ll be back next year.” 

TAL Management Team

Festival Director : Yvonne Maxwell

Festival Board : Brian Pattinson, Luise Pattinson, Lyndsey Wright

Festival Marketing and Logistics Manager : Steve Bannister

Copywriting and promotion team : Rosie Mills, Martin Horseman, Sarah Brenner, Helen Johns, Mark Anderson.

Festival Production Team : Alison Green (Box Office Administrator), Carol Childs (Green Room Manager), Fiona Walker (Stewards Coordinator), John Fitsell, Jeff Trendell, Simon Bannister (Logistics)

Festival Dog : Charlie the Beagle

Most Importantly : 50 volunteer box-office & event stewards without whom we could not stage the Festival