Oxford Reading Spree

A conference/festival/celebration of reading in schools

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Tickets for Oxford Reading Spree are available through Eventbrite.

You’ll get to hear our amazing speakers, take part in the workshops, visit the fabulous Roving Bookshop and enjoy Sandra Ruge’s amazing food. All for less than £20!

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Getting to Oxford Reading Spree

The Reading Spree is happening at Larkrise Primary School in East Oxford. There is plenty of parking on the school playground.

Arriving by Car

The school postcode is OX4 4AN. Do not try to come through town, whatever direction you come from use the ring road and approach Larkrise on the A4158. REALLY. DO NOT GO THROUGH THE CITY CENTRE.

Coming round the ring road in a clockwise direction from the A34 you will cross over the river Thames and pass the Sainsbury’s Superstore. At the next roundabout take the first exit towards the town centre. You will pass a row of shops and down a steep hill (look out for the speed camera) and then up again. At the next set of lights turn right onto Boundary Brook Road. The school is along on the right.

Alternatively, you could turn off for Redbridge P&R (well signed, no need to panic) and walk across Donnington bridge (first right after the Tesco metro and car wash), which is really quite scenic, and past the Donnington estate, which is really quite less scenic. When you get to Iffley Road (the big one), cross over to Boundary Brook road (the smol one) and follow it to the end. The school is on the right.

Coming round the ring road in an anti-clockwise direction you will pass the mini-factory, at the next roundabout take the third exit towards the town centre. You will pass a row of shops and down a steep hill (look out for the speed camera) and then up again. At the next set of lights turn right onto Boundary Brook Road. The school is along on the right.

Arriving by Train And Bus

Buses have changed a little since last year due to the opening of the new shopping centre.

If you arrive at Oxford Parkway station (the fancy new one with trains to Marylebone), take the 500 down to Oxford Station, where the bus terminates, and follow the instructions from below.

If you arrive at Oxford Station you could walk a few hundred yards up to the new Westgate Shopping Centre and go to stop E1 (at the bottom of the hill) to catch a number 3 bus up to the co-op on Iffley Road, from there you’ll walk a little further up Iffley Road and turn left onto Boundary Brook Road – the school is along on your right.

If you want to miss out the walk from the station to the shopping centre, you could catch a 1 or a 5 bus in the station forecourt and change to a 3 outside Queens College on the High Street.

What’s a Spree?

Ed Finch writes;

On April 1st 2017 some of the most exciting people in the world of books and reading came to a little school in East Oxford and worked together to create the year’s most distinctive day of reading, thinking, discussion and fun.

We had Simon Smith (@smsimon) talking about his life as a reader, Martin Galway (@GalwayMr) on the many splendoured thing that is reading itself, Andrew Moffat (@moffat_andrew) told us about his ‘No Outsiders’ approach to creating an inclusive school ethos through picturebooks, Nick Swarbrick (@nickswarb) made us think hard about the relationship between home, school and reading, Mary Roche (@marygtroche) inspired us with her intimate dialogical approach for developing critical readers.

Author Piers Torday (@PiersTorday) spoke movingly in an intimate interview with Simon Smith, Darren Chetty (@rapclassroom) challenged us to percieve the hidden bias that excludes children from the mainstream of literature, Rhoda Wilson (@TemplarWilson) helped us think about how we could deliver guided reading to our whole class, Sue Cowley (@Sue_Cowley) led workshop particpants through the steps it might take to get their own book from their laptop to the bookshop shelf and the wonderful Mini Grey (@bonzetta) showed particpants how to make their own fliping, folding, surprising little books.

I’ve left so many people out – the Story Museum were there and Chris Smith of Storytelling Schools…. so many more.

For participants the day was a feast, we learned, laughed, enjoyed, debated and made new friends.

Last year, 2018, the second Reading Spree was snowed off when the Beast from the East smashed into Britain making travel too hazardous for people to get to us safely. Undaunted we set up another event in the spring of 2019 and welcomed another round of great speakers – Ian Eagleton moved us by talking about his reading journey, Nikki Cleveland ranted on the subject of school libraries, Nick Swarbrick talked about some of those books that he wouldn’t put in front of children, Bob Cox finished off another terrific day sharing his experience. The bookshop was busy, the food – as ever was amazing, the workshops were thought provoking – really, you should have been there.

So, what’s a Spree? It’s part conference, part festival, part celebration and it’s all fun. 2018 is shaping up to be even better than 2017 – some of the same people are coming back, some new ones are adding their voices, the programme will be packed, the lunch will be insanely delicious (and insanely good value) and the only thing missing is… you! SO, don’t delay, snap up a ticket while there’s some left and let’s get this show on the road.


Contributors to the Writing Spree on October 19th include

AF Harrold

Ross Montgomery

Darren Chetty

Gemma Bagnall

Simon Smith

Bob Cox


The Sidlaw Hare (Kamishibai)

and many more

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