SOPHIE Dahl is the big name speaker at the Thame Arts and Literature festival which takes place this weekend – closely followed ‘Queen of crafts’ Jazz Domino Holly who is the daughter of Joe Strummer from the Clash.
The three-day event, now in its second year, takes place in a variety of venues across Thame and surrounding villages, and this year features 33 events.
There will be live music, talks from leading authors, theatre performances, advice on drawing cartoon characters, a genealogy workshop and events for kids.
Last year the festival attracted 1,400 visitors and this year organisers hope to get over 2,000.
The granddaughter of children’s author Roald Dahl will appear at Towersey Manor Barn at 1pm on Saturday – where she will discuss her new cookery book ‘from season to season – a year in recipes.’
Sophie is best known for her modelling, but is also known for her book writing, magazine articles and TV cookery show ‘The Delicious Miss Dahl.’
Jazz Domino Holly, the daughter of Joe Strummer from punk-rock band the Clash, will appear at the Barns Centre at 3.30pm on Sunday.
The 27 year old magazine columnist and Women’s Institute member will discuss her new book ‘Queen of crafts’ – which covers everything from knitting, quilting and baking.
Other festival highlights include ‘cars I have driven’ which features talks by motoring journalists from magazines such as Octane, EVO and Classic and Sports Cars.
Elsewhere TV Actor Peter Egan will perform his one man show called, ‘what is he angry about?’
There is a talk on the greatest Oxford-university student pranks by BBC Radio 4 comedy writer Richard Smith.
The life of Charles Dickens will be discussed in Christchurch by author Claire Tomalin – who won the James Tait Black memorial prize in 1990 for her account of Dickens’ relationship with young actress Ellen Teman.
A series of workshops will be taking place during the festival.
The sessions will cover a range of subjects from humour or poetry writing through to how to approach a piece about personal history.
The Thame Chamber Choir and Crendon Chamber Orchestra will both be performing over the weekend.
Yvonne Maxwell, of Long Crendon, had the idea for the three-day event after helping out with the annual Oxford Literary festival.
She spent four years organising around 100 volunteers during the event which takes place in March.
The arts enthusiast said: “I have always has this passion about literature and books, and it just inspired me to do something for Thame.
“We have a lot of authors here and lots of amateur and professional talent.
“The motto is participate, inspire, enjoy.
“That is the underpinning of this festival.
“We want it to be very inclusive offering something for everyone.”
A full list of all the acts, along with the times and locations of the shows and workshops, can be found by going to the official website at ww.talfestival.org