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11th to 15th October 2017

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Thame Cinema 4 All : A Monster Calls  

Sat 14th : 10.30am : The Players Theatre : Adults : £6.00 Children £3.50

I was curious when I walked into A Monster Calls, the new film from director J.A. Bayona. As the story of a young boy who conjures up a monster to help him deal with his mother’s ongoing illness, A Monster Calls seemed like a logical next step for a filmmaker interested in merging the fantastic with the human.

Two hours later, when I’d finally stopped crying, I realized Bayona had made the most beautiful, moving film I’d seen all year.”  The Verge

For Older Children Aged 12+

Suzanne Barton :  The Butterfly Dance

Sat 14th : 1.30pm : Town Hall : £4.00

(1 Adult free with each child ticket)

Caterpillars Dotty and Stripe do everything together. They play, they eat leaves and do all sorts of caterpiller-y things, and then one day, after spinning themselves into snuggly cocoons, they wake up as beautiful butterflies! But soon they realise that, for the first time ever, they look different. Should Dotty only play with butterflies that look like her? And Stripe only play with butterflies that look like him?

A stunningly illustrated story about friendship and and being happy with who you are, from the author/illustrator of Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted The Dawn Chorus

Join Suzanne for an hour of discovery and drawing as she runs her delightful interactive workshop for children aged 3+.

Suzanne’s events are huge fun and great to take part in. So bring a well-behaved parent with you and prepare to make your own story of Butterflies and Caterpillars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave  : The Island at the End of Everything       

Sat 14th : 3.00pm : Players Theatre: £4.00

TAL is absolutely thrilled to welcome the winner of the Financial Times, Children’s book of the year and Waterstone’s Children’s book of the month!!

Kiran weaves her magic for children aged 9+ and we

Children’s Book of the Week in The Sunday Times, The Observer, and The Telegraph, Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller.

‘The Girl of Ink & Stars is one of 2016’s top-selling debuts, and Hargrave’s second book establishes her as a major new talent in children’s fiction. Set on a remote island for people with leprosy, this is mesmerising storytelling.’

– Fiona Noble, The Bookseller‘s 10 Titles Not to Miss

Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in Surrey in 1990, and her earliest ambition was to be a cat, closely followed by a cat-owner or the first woman on Mars. She has achieved only one of these things, but discovered that being a writer lets you imagine whatever you want.

She started writing poetry in her final year at university, producing three poetry books and a play before she turned to fiction. Her bestselling debut The Girl of Ink & Stars (aka The Cartographer’s Daughter in the US), about a mapmaker’s daughter who must save her island, was a Financial Times Book of the Year, Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, The Times Book of the Week, and appeared on numerous prize lists. Her second standalone story, The Island at the End of Everything, is published in May 2017.

Chris Lloyd : The History of Science over 10,000 years

Sun 15th : 10.00am : Town Hall : Adults £6.00 Children £4.00

Returning for the 3rd year, the very popular and hugely entertaining Chris Lloyd returns with his massive charts and bubbly personality. As one of our stewards put it last year “Blimey, if only I had had teachers like that when I was at school - I learned more this morning than I ever did at school

Chris’ talks are always worth getting up on a Sunday morning for - suitable for all ages from 7 to 170!!