Thame Arts & Literature Festival

12th to 16th October


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Fri 14th

Sat 15th

Sun 16th

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BOX Office

Box Office for Roger McGough & Little Machine. - Open

Box Office for Short Story Competition - Open

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Festival Box Office

Opens on-line 1st September

Opens in Town Hall on 2nd September: then each Tue/Fri/Sat

Contact Us

Tel : 0871 288 3420

(Calls to this number cost 25p per minute)

Box Office opens online on THURSDAY

Welcome to this year’s Thame Arts & Literature Festival.

Book online  from 1st September or by phone or at the Box office (Tues/Fri/Sat) in the Town Hall from 2nd September

TAL Festival Presents a Gala Evening

WEDNESDAY 12th October

with the very wonderful
Roger McGough

Words that move the soul,

Don’t miss this amazing evening For more details click here

Music that moves the feet

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Founding Partner and Festival Book Seller

Partners & Sponsors


Town Council

Thame Barns Centre

and the hugely talented


Spread Eagle Hotel

TAL Festival

The Film!

A short presentation from the Festival Team and its supporters

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Print off the Cartoon. Colour it in. Complete the name box. Post it in the special box in The Book House,

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2016 Short Story Competition

in association with The Book House

Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday by entering your very own


Win £100 worth of Book Tokens courtesy of The Book House

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The Book House has been selling books in Thame since 1972 and stocks thousands of titles.


for 2016

The first TAL Festival Book Club Event

Supported by

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Fri day 14th

Saturday 15th

Sunday 16th

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Wednesday 12th

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Festival at a glance

Announcing the TAL FESTIVAL Founder’s Lecture 2016

Lady Anne Heseltine - “Thenford”

Friday 14th October - 7.30pm - Spread Eagle Hotel - £7.00

This is the story of one garden and one family, over a 40-year time period. In their own words, Michael and Anne Heseltine describe the ups and downs of how they set about transforming and expanding a wild, overgrown and often dilapidated woodland into the magnificent garden they have today.

Today, the garden at Thenford has an arboretum which contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs, including rare plants which were wild-collected by well known plantsmen including Roy Lancaster OBE, Allen Coombes, Keith Rushforth and Chris Chadwell. It is also well-known for its sculpture garden, which has an eclectic collection of work ranging from a white marble Tazza fountain to an enormous statue of Lenin.

Anne Heseltine has been married to Michael Heseltine since 1969.  The Right Honourable Michael Heseltine is a former Deputy Prime Minister and was MP for Henley from 1974 to 2001.

Their joint passion has been working on the garden at Thenford, their family home since 1977.

The Founder’s Lecture is presented by The Book House, High St. Thame

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