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"I have lived in Oxford for over 20 years and this has been the best 2 weeks of my life. I feel I have found a community." Participant.

We will be running another in Oxford in 2014 and meanwhile have been going through the feedback from 2012. We were in direct contact with 1,800 people and reached over a million via our publicity. In our feedback people spoke about being inspired, informed and relieved to be able to talk about this subject with other people. Do be in touch if you want to go on our e list to receive information from us when the next festival is approaching

My name is Liz Rothschild, director of the Festival, performer and Manager of Westmill Woodland Burial Ground just outside Oxford. I wanted to make this festival happen because I see so much distress caused by people not feeling able to get the information they need or find ways to talk about death, dying and loss. I hope the wide and varied events will speak to your particular interests and needs. Fun, thought provoking, informative and moving - they take place in a wide range of venues around Oxford many of which are within walking distance of one another or can easily be reached by public transport. A Festival of living and dying because they are inseparable if you are mortal like me. I am very grateful to our funders the Sheepdrove Trust for making it possible to run this Festival and offer some free events, resources and support.

We are also aiming to reach communities who are often excluded from conversations and rituals connected with death such as the homeless or those with mental health issues and we are running several events in both primary and secondary schools (with thanks to our schools advisors, the local charity SeeSaw who support bereaved children and families in Oxfordshire) and working with students with learning disabilities.

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Kicking the Bucket a Festival of Living and Dying Key to Events


We are off!
A wonderful panel discussion with a lot of involvement from the audience at Cheney was followed by a packed debate at the Union with speakers on both side offering powerful, well nuanced arguments for and against legalising assisted dying. The vote went in favour by a close margin.

The Festival is officially launched to the surprise of shoppers in Cornmarket. There was a lot of interest and a few nervous jokes about whether there was a body in the coffin. Workshops are filling up. Remember you can only book in advance for the Mexican Fiesta. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Miscellaneous event

15th Oct - 2nd Nov 6pm - Open 7 days a week from 9.30 | Festival Feasting at the Nosebag
6-8 St. Michael’s Street, OX1 2DU | Map No 4

Festival goers can get a 20% discount on all food when they show one of our programmes. Special fundraising cupcakes alongside the usual range of delicious food.

No booking - 01865 721033 – |
See Saw

Miscellaneous event

15th Sept | Open Morning at Helen & Douglas House – talks & tours.
14a Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RW

A chance to see around the wonderful hospice and respice facilities for children and young people.

Only by pre-booking - 01865 794749 | | | Disabled
Helen and Douglas House

Performances & film event

29th - 30th Sep | Moving Voices & Your Story Calls Me

Dance Workshop & Film Two events (one for professionals) both inspired by the experience of grief and loss. See for full details. | | Disabled


Miscellaneous event

12th - 14th Oct | Uplifting our Spirits – retreat.
Global Retreat Centre, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire

A residential weekend for people living with cancer and those who support them run by experienced meditators with input from professional health care practitioners.

Booking - 0208 904 0317 not through Global Retreat Centre | | | Disabled
Brahma Kumaris

Talks/discussion event

16th Oct - 7.30-9.00pm | Supporting the Bereaved – presentation, discussion, Q & A.
Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, OX1 2DH | Map No 3a

Practical ways in which professionals, carers, friends and family can support the bereaved including the work of Oxford Cruse Bereavement Care.
Coffee/tea served from 7pm

Booking - 01865 202242 or - £8/£5 concession | | Disabled
Oxford Cruse

Talks/discussion event

17th Oct - 6.45-8.45pm | What happens when you die? – panel discussion.
Cheney Secondary School – Cheney Lane, Headington OX3 7QH | Map No 17

Afraid of saying the wrong thing we sometimes avoid saying anything to children. Come and hear from our experienced panellists, young and old. Get advice on what helps and what doesn’t. Chaired by Tess Strickland, co-founder of Barefoot Books and psychotherapist, our panel includes, Becci Berry, Louise Swanston, leading integrative psychotherapist, Will Mitchell, social worker and siblings group members from Helen and Douglas House, Ann Rowland, Director of Bereavement Services at the Child Bereavement Charity, focussing on supporting service families, from the Child Bereavement Charity and Amber Lynch, one of the charity’s youth ambassadors. See resource list for websites.
For adults and young people 16+

Booking Cheney School - 01865 765726 Free Event Donations for Helen & Douglas House & the Child Bereavement Charity | | Disabled |
Barefoot books Cheney School Child Bereavement Charity Helen & Douglas House

Becci is a dairy and arable farmer just outside Faringdon. She has 2 young daughters of 7 and 9. In 2002, having just had her first daughter, her brother was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. Becci completed a bone marrow transplant for him but sadly he died the following May. 7 years later her young husband was diagnosed with bowel cancer and he too lost his life a year later.
Both her brother and husband approached their final days / months with grace, generosity and open mindedness. Following their experience, and with the huge support of their friends and family, she and her husband were able to plan, talk and discuss life, death and the future with all their family and friends. Following the death of her brother her family started fund raising for Leukaemia Research.
Over the years they have raised over £40k for the Charity. Over the past year many other events have been organised in memory of her husband Richard. The Faringdon Young Farmers recently raised over £20k for Maggies Centre in Oxford. Following her husband’s diagnosis Becci took on the farm with her in-laws. This year she was nominated by a friend and local farmer to carry the Olympic torch which she now takes around local schools to talk about the experience.

Talks/discussion event


18th Oct - 7.30pm | Catalyst Club – a salon experience.
Oxfork – 39 Magdalen Road, OX4 3DH | Map No 13

First established in Brighton, The Catalyst Club pays tribute to the old traditions of French Salon and Gentleman's/Ladies Clubs. Each night three speakers from varied walks of life take to the stage to share their eccentricities and passions with a live audience. Guests are given fifteen minutes each followed by a Q&A. Talks are always entertaining, erudite and passionate!

Booking - - £5 | | Disabled (Limited)

Talks/discussion event

18th Oct - 8.30 – 10.30pm | This house would legalize assisted dying – debate.
Oxford Union | Map No 2

Only open to Union members. | Disabled

Oxford Union

Miscellaneous event

20th Oct - 11am-3pm | Green Burial Ground Open Days| Map No 1

What makes a green burial ground different? A chance to look around some local green burial grounds and ask questions. - 01993 878387 - Witney - 01295 688488 – near Stratford & Banbury - 01367 240508 - Faringdon | | Disabled |

Talks/discussion event

20th Oct - 2.30-3.30pm | We’ll bury you in a fish – gallery tour & talk.
Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, OX1 3PP | Map No 9

Julia Nicholson on ‘Made for Trade’ exhibition highlighting the centrepiece ‘fantasy coffin’ from Ghana plus short film. See
Suitable for adults and older children.
No need to book. (space for the first 20 people on a first come first served basis) | | Disabled |

Helen & Douglas House

Performance & film event

20th Oct - 8.00pm | Cecilia Macfarlane & Kismet – dance & music.
The Old Fire Station. George Street, OX1 2AQ | Map No 1

Oxfordshire folk band Kismet offer a new programme of tender songs and passionate uplifting tunes. An exciting ensemble weaving delicate vocal harmonies with a rich variety of instruments.
Cecilia Macfarlane is an international Oxford based dance artist. This solo piece, "I’ll leave you to yourself then...", devised and performed by Cecilia is a reflection on surviving the first two years after the death of her son Gus "Astonishingly life affirming". Henrietta Leyser. Also on show will be Cecilia's sculptures exploring the same themes.

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £12/£10 | | Disabled

Workshop event
Performance & film event

21st Oct - 1.30-3.00pm | Celebrating Life, Acknowledging Death – family art session.
Art-T Centre Crowell Road, Temple Cowley OX4 3LN | Map No 16

Join Groovy Su, Environmental Community Artist, in creating a beautiful altar to celebrate those who have died. Bring mementos, photos, clothing, flowers and jewellery. Other materials provided. A time to remember together.

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Feasting and Music from 6.00pm – Rescheduled for Friday November 30th – 7.00

Vegetarian food, music from the Young People’s Music Project, recitals and art works. Celebrate the living and the dead. | | Disabled |

No booking needed for either event.
Ark-T Centre 01865 396778/773499 for futher enquiries.
Ark T

Visual arts eventWorkshop event

21st Oct - 2.00pm-5.00pm | Having the last word – Contemplative art workshop.
Iffley Church Hall Church Way, OX4 4EG | Map No 15

An invitation to embrace life before death and ponder on what really matters to you now. This reflective workshop using art materials offers silence and the chance to share. An opportunity to take some time for yourself. Wren Hughes, sculptor and creative arts therapist, was inspired by and worked with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Booking - 01865 459924 - £25/£15 conc (limited number, booking essential) | Disabled

Miscellaneous event

21st Oct - 2.00pm-5.00pm | Living with Dying – workshop.
Inner Space, Broad Street, OX1 3AS | Map No 5

Look at Life and Death from a unique spiritual perspective. Explore the benefits of meditation, renew your inner strength, learn spiritual tools to make your life easier. Facilitated by Mai Newe, an ex-nurse now working as a Training Consultant, and Dr Clare Minty, a psychiatrist now caring for her aging mother. Both have studied and practiced meditation for many years.

Booking - - 01865 244321 | |
Brahma Kumaris

Talks/discussion event

22nd Oct - 7.30-9.30pm | Down to Earth – talks & discussion.
East Oxford Community Centre, 44b Princes Street, (off Cowley Road) OX4 1HU | Map No 11

Speakers representing key religious groups share their rituals and practises for caring for those dying and after death. Chaired by Bede Gerrard from the Oxford Council of Faiths. An opportunity to celebrate our rich diversity and shared appreciation of the spiritual nature of death and dying.

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £5/£3| | Disabled

Visual arts event

23rd Oct - 2nd Nov - 10am-5pm | Living it Up! – exhibition.
Gallery at The Old Fire Station Gallery, 40 George Street, OX1 2AQ | Map No 1

A feast for the eyes and the heart. Fusion show of professional and community artists all responding to the theme of life and death. Sculpture, textile art, books, prints, paintings and even a beautiful felt cocoon. Artists from the Restore project, Steppin’ Stone and Crisis Skylight and families and patients from Helen and Douglas House and Sobell House have contributed work alongside Meg Buick, Edwina Bridgman, Helen Edwards, John Fox, Wren Hughes, Jacqui Paterson, Yuli Somme and Judith Yarrow. In addition there is a Tree of Life made by Groovy Su with members of the Crisis Skylight project to which visitors are invited to add their words or images about what makes life juicy for them and a Day of the Dead altar where people can also add words, bring images, light a candle, take a little time remembering if they choose. Branches of the Tree of Life are also travelling into schools, hospices and all our Festival events sometimes with one of our Festival Artists to gather more responses. | | Disabled

Crisis Sylight Helen and Douglas House Restore Sobell

Performances & film event

23rd Oct - 6.45 – 8.30pm | A Philosophy of Eyes Closed – the Body as a Nature Reserve film & panel.
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, OX4 1BN | Map No 10

A new documentary by Belgian independent film-maker Sacha Kullberg. Death is the beginning of another moment of life. During this poetic film-journey we see behind the scenes at crematoriums, explore green burial grounds and meet inspiring coffin makers. Why and how is the process of death so different in Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain? Discussion afterwards with the director and local green burial ground managers. Chaired by Rosie Inman-Cook, Manager of the Natural Death Centre.

Booking - - £8/6 members & concessions | Disabled (Limited)

Performances & film event

24th Oct - 7.30pm | Sobell Songs – fundraising concert for Sobell House.
Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, OX3 9DU | Map No 18

Original music written by patients and their families cared for by Sobell House Hospice and who have been supported by music therapist Bob Heath. The concert is a celebration of their songs and their lives – a living legacy and a powerful way to express feelings when there are no words or when words are not enough.

Booking - Sobel House Hospice Charity Office – 01865 857007 - - £12
| Disabled
Bob Heath

Bob Heath is a community musician and therapist who has worked for the Hospice for the last 10 years and in contexts such as Special Education, Mental Health and Dementia Care. He is also a lecturer in Music Therapy at the University of the West of England. He runs a range of training courses and workshops for practitioners working in Palliative and Bereavement Care.

Talks/discussion event

25th Oct - 12.30-1.45pm | Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – lunchtime panel & discussion.
The Hub, 16-17 Turle Street, OX1 3DH | Map No 6

If death is a taboo subject, suicide is doubly so. For those directly affected or simply concerned about the current rising number of cases. Chaired by Alan Percy, Head of the University of Oxford Counselling Service, panel includes Angela Samata, chair of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Liz Koole, Winston’s Wish supporting children bereaved by suicide, Alexis Elliott, Papyrus working to prevent suicide in young people, Matt Williams, Oxford Samaritans, Sue Westwood, Age UK, Oxfordshire and Marcus Moore, writer and bereaved father ( Short presentations from all the panellists followed by questions. See support organisation list for websites.

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £5/£4 concessions|
Age UK Papyrus Winston's Wish

Visual arts event

25th Oct - 5.30-7.30pm | A Not Very Private View – Exhibition.
Gallery at The Old Fire Station George Street, OX1 2AQ | Map No 1

A chance to enjoy the richly varied work on display, meet some of the artists involved and contribute to the exhibition Living it Up! at the Old Fire Station. Refreshments.

Booking Not needed - More information 01865 263990 | Disabled |

Talks/discussion events

25th Oct - 7.00 – 8.30pm | Life and Death – discussion.
Blackwell's Bookshop, 50 Broad Street, OX1 3BQ | Map No 7

Three thinkers and writers discussing the question, 'What is a good life and how should we live it?' and how does the knowledge of mortality affect the answers to this question? Nigel Warburton,philosopher and podcaster ( joined the Open University in 1994 and is best known for his introductory philosophy books -, Roman Krznaric, a cultural thinker and founding member of The School of Life -, and Neel Burton, a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, wine-lover, and perpetual student -follow him on twitter and facebook. An evening of thoughtful conversation to challenge and engage us all.

Booking - 01865 333623 - £3 | Disabled |

Talks/discussion event

26th Oct - 12.30-1.30pm | Light at the end of the Tunnel – interview.
The Hub, 16-17 Turle Street OX1 3DH | Map No 6

The latest research on near death experiences from one of the UKs leading researchers in the field, Dr Penny Sartori. Do they tell us about the relationship between the mind and the body? Can they help us live our lives more fully? A nurse for 21 years specialising in Intensive Care Dr Sartori conducted a longterm study of near-death experiences. She will be interviewed by Sue Brayne, author of "The D Word" who worked with neuropsychiatrist, Dr Peter Fenwick on end of life research

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £5/£4 concessions

Performances & film event

26th Oct - 8.00 - 11.00pm| Mexican Fiesta – festival fundraiser.
The Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel, Henley Road, Sandford, OX4 4GX

Vibrant colour, rhythm and passion with the fabulous Mariachi Mexteca Band and dancers. Traditional songs and a plate of Mexican nibbles in a beautiful setting. This band have played for members of the Royal Family, British and Hollywood celebrities - now they are here to play for you and raise money for some of Oxford’s favourite charities. An evening to remember. For directions see

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £20| Disabled
Cruse Sobell

Workshop event

27th Oct - 10am-1pm | Putting your House in Order – Workshop.
Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, OX1 3LW | Map No 8

Maybe you have been meaning to make a will but couldn’t get round to it. Perhaps you are wondering about Power of Attorney or Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment. Or you have no idea about any of this but want to know. This is the workshop for you. In a warmly supportive and professional atmosphere Josefine Speyer (psychotherapist and co-founder of the Natural Death Centre and The Befriending Network) and Susan Morris (palliative care clinical nurse specialist) will help participants feel ready to start a conversation about preparing for dying and understanding what choices we all have.

Booking - 01865 305305 - - £25/£15 (limited concs) | Disabled
Josefine Speyer

Need a little help to overcome the reluctance and discuss what is needed in preparation for dying? This workshop will provide you with information and inspiration. It is an opportunity to explore your ideas and wishes in group discussion and work in pairs and includes presentations of information.

‘Now I can start a conversation with my mother about putting her affairs in order.’

Josefine Speyer runs talks, workshops including 3 day residentials and seminars for a wide range of professionals and the general public. She has written a range of papers on green funerals, dying, death and bereavement and conducted research published by the Royal College of Psychiatry on After Death Communication following her experiences when her husband died in a car crash in 2001. She aims to help empower people to know what their rights are and what choices they can make. She believes that like birth, death is natural and is a deeply intimate and sacred process.

The Natural Death Centre charity aims to improve the quality of dying and gives advice on a wide variety of topics including family-organised, environmental-friendly funerals and natural burials. It acts as a kind of consumer watchdog on any issue to do with dying, death and bereavement. It formed the Association of Natural Burial Grounds in 1994.

Susan Morris

Susan Morris as a palliative care clinical nurse specialist, Camden Palliative Care Team in London and cares for people with an advanced illness or who are dying. Susan’s aim is to enable patients and families to live life as fully as possible, focussing on what is important to them. “We are here to support patients and their family, friends and carers at what can be a distressing time. We aim to support their emotional, practical and spiritual needs and enable them to die in comfort, with dignity and the surroundings of their choice.”

The Natural Death Handbook (fifth edition) was published June 2012 to great acclaim as a book that all families should have in their home. Josefine and Susan have written chapters and all topics of their workshop are included. Available at the workshop at a special ‘Kicking the Bucket’ price of £20 (rrp £24).

Talks/discussion event

27th Oct - 1.15-2.15pm | Death Café – food & talking.
Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, OX1 3LW | Map No 8

A natter over lunch about life from the perspective of death. Respectful, comfortable and confidential space in which to lift the taboos on death. Your trained Deathcafe hosts will make sure you are well informed and well fed. A heartwarming bowl of delicious vegetarian soup and bread is provided. See for more details. Places limited.

Booking - 01367 240508 - - £6/£5 to cover cost of the lunch| Disabled

Talks/discussion event

27th Oct - 2.15-3.15pm | Ignorance is Fear – A Glimpse into the Secret World of Undertaking - discussion.
Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, OX1 3LW | Map No 8

Charles Cowling in conversation. Charles produced the Good Funeral Guide. He is passionate about establishing open and honest conversations about undertaking and has started to help people create their own services. Witty and provocative he will be in conversation with Rosie Inman-Cook, Manager of the Natural Death Centre and Ru Callender, undertaker and co-editor and writer of 5th edition of the Natural Death Handbook - Do you know what happens and why? If not, come and find out.

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £5/£4 concessions. | Disabled

Performance & film event

27th Oct - 4.15-6.30pm | Home Death – performance & panel.
Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, OX4 1RE | Map No 14

70% of us want to die at home - only 25% do. Why? A rehearsed reading of award winning playwright, Nell Dunn’s unflinching play. Based on her own experiences with her partner and those of her friends including Diana and George Melly she gives voice to the story of several families who have experienced a home death telling a funny, disturbing and uplifting story in a series of verbatim and remembered moments.

Followed by a panel discussion chaired by Sue Brayne, including Nell and Diana, Antonia Rolls, soul midwife and artist -, Bridget Taylor a palliative care nurse at Sobell House, Dr Laura Middleton who works at Helen and Douglas House, and Sue Westwood from Oxford Befriending at End of Life.

Bookings from midday - 01865 812150 - - £6/£5 | | Disabled
Helen and Douglas House Oxbel Sobell

Miscellaneous event

27th Oct - 10-3.30 | The Open Door – a support and advice space.
Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, OX1 3LW | Map No 8

If the festival has raised any particular issue that is worrying you we have booked a small, comfortable room which will be staffed all day by qualified professional counsellors. Simply drop by for a visit. All visits confidential. There will be half hour slots available. Just sign up for one when it suits you.

Booking None needed - For 18+ | | | Disabled

Miscellaneous event

27th Oct - 6.30-10.00pm | Festival Feasting at Oxfork
F39 Magdalen Road, OX4 3DH | Map No 13

Delicious Mexican food to celebrate the Festival. Food is local, organic and reasonably priced. A chance to network informally with contributors and visitors to the Festival in a very relaxed atmosphere.

Booking recommended - 01865 243280 - | | Disabled (Limited)

Miscellaneous event

27th Oct - 10 - 4pm| The Bonn Square Fair – An unusual funeral exhibition| Map No 3 | Disabled | |

Following their highly successful fair in Bournemouth last year the Natural Death Centre bring you the chance to chat to quality undertakers, bespoke and alternative coffin makers, natural burial ground managers and others.  Drop in and pick up lots of useful information and ask questions from people with expert impartial advice to offer on death and dying. 


Miscellaneous event

28th Oct - 11-12.00 am | Mindfulness Session – guided meditation.
Peace House, 19 Paradise Street OX1 1LD | Map No 2

An invitation to a quiet space, to notice yourself and reflect on themes of life and death, a meditation practice with associated poetry. Lizzie Cambray is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist offering Mindfulness courses and consultancy as part of Ridgeway Mindful Psychology Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy has robust evidence around preventing repeat episodes of depression and enhancing well-being

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £4/£3 concessions. | Disabled

Visual art event
Workshop event

28th Oct - 2-4pm | Making Memories – Art Workshop.
Restore Cafe and Garden, Manzil Way, OX4 1YH | Map No 12

A mixed media art workshop with Artist and Arts Psychotherapist, Helen Edwards. Time for remembering and celebrating, or making preparation for grieving. Through the creation of an artwork find fresh ways to explore and communicate your feelings around death and loss. Workshop limited to 12 participants.

Booking or further details call Helen 01865 774774 or 07947 546133 - £25/£15 concessions. | Disabled
Helen Edwards

Helen trained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, and is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. She is also a Senior Trainee in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She works in Private Practice, in Employment Support, and work with Children as an Artist in different settings. She volunteers at a Children's Centre in Oxford.

Helen has continued her own art and dance movement practice since childhood. She has worked for over 15 years with individuals and groups as an Artist or as a Psychotherapist in many statutory and voluntary settings.

She has worked with in early years settings with mothers and young children, and with older children. She has also worked in palliative care with families and individuals experiencing terminal illness, also those who have been bereaved, as well as in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly, Mental Health Centres, Children's Centres and Hospitals.

She has also created dance performances and visual art work for exhibition in England, Holland and Japan, and taken in part in International Artist Exchanges, such as Art in Situ at Harcourt Arboretum in 2009.

Workshop event

28th Oct - 2.45-4.45pm | Design your own Dead Good Funeral – workshop.
Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, OX1 3LW | Map No 8

After attending some truly awful funerals John and Sue, founders of Welfare State International, decided to try and improve things. Using their skills as artist, writers and musicians,They started Dead Good Guides which creates new traditions of secular rites of passage and offers training to independent celebrants.

This workshop will discuss case studies, dispel common myths, demonstrate the nuts and bolts of planning a funeral, inspire you and give you confidence in developing your own funeral wishes. You will come up with a framework for a personal ceremony you can take home and discuss with your family and friends.

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £25/£15 concessions. | Disabled

Performances & film event

28th Oct - 7.30 – 9.30pm | Marigolds and Ashes – storytelling, supper, song and silence.
Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, OX1 3LW | Map No 8

Liz Rothschild and Jackie Singer bring together tales, poems and songs from around the world to explore our varied human reactions to death in all its forms. Funny, moving and surprising this piece is performed each year at this time of year. "I found myself having conversation I never expected to have with people afterwards" In the interval a bowl of vegetarian soup will be served. The performance is followed by an optional period of quiet reflection.

Booking - Tickets Oxford: 01865 305305 or - £12/£10 concessions | Disabled

Miscellaneous event

28th Oct - 9.30-10.30pm | Festival Finale
Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, OX1 3LW | Map No 8

The Festival Team invite you to join us in candlelit garden (or inside if the weather is unkind) to ceremoniously finish the main festival events and say thank you to everyone involved. We will gather around a fire bowl, sing a few songs, share a cup of warm spicy apple juice and toast life.

No booking needed | | Disabled

Workshop event

29th Oct 7-9 pm | Joined Up Singing – Weekly community choir open to all.
St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall, 115 Headley Way, OX3 7SS

This special stand alone session will offer an opportunity to connect with others through song to celebrate life and remember those who have died.  Simple harmonies taught by ear, all welcome whether experienced singers or not.  Feel free to bring items of celebration or remembrance for a simple altar.

No booking needed - More information 01865 762200 or visit - £8/£5 concessions, payable at the door| Disabled | |


Performances & film event

1st Nov - 8.00pm | Catweazle Club
East Oxford Community Centre, 44b Princes St, off Cowley Rd, OX4 1DD | Map No 12

Through poem, story, song and music The Catweazle Club tonight invites performers to explore and regale Death in all her gory glory.

No booking - £6/£5 | | Disabled

Performances & film event

2nd Nov - 9pm | The Whirly Band – music.
Clarendon Steps, Broad Street, OX1 3BG | Map No 7

Heard only on May Day and the Day of the Dead, Oxford’s most mysterious and motley band plays for you. They invite you to don your mourning suits and come and pay your respects to The Dark Angel, Santa Muerta herself.

No booking | | | Disabled

Photo Acknowledgements - Liz Rothschild –, Cake – Rowan Twine, Moon Daisies – Rowan Twine, Acorn Ridge Burial Ground – Natural Death Centre, Memorial Stone – Lida Kindersley, Good Grief textile – Jacqui Parkinson, Decorating a coffin – Natural Death Centre, Seascape – Adam Twine, Westmill Woodland Burial Ground – Liz Rothschild, Ghanaian Coffin – Pitt Rivers, Cecilia Macfarlane, Kismet –, Candlelit sculpture – Wren Hughes, Westmill Roundhouse – Lee Hiom, Edwina Bridgeman angel – Allen Daniels, Westmill Tree Planting – Trish Wickstead, Thistle – Liz Rothschild, Skull decoration – Natural Death Centre, Dr Penny Sartori, Mariachi Mexteca, Oxford Four Pillars Hotel, Natural Death Handbook – Natural Death Centre, Felt cocoon – Yuli Somme, Nell Dunn, Westall Park Burial Ground – Natural Death Centre, Bournemouth Fair – Natural Death Centre, River Scene, Leaf heart – Helen Edwards, Marigold – Rowan Twine, Candles – Helen Edwards, Rainbow funeral – Sue Gill and Skull make-up – Groovy Su.
Cake The Stone Moon Daisies Acorn Ridge Good grief hanky Coffin Decoration Sky Sea Land Burial Ground Open Days Coffin shop Cecilia Dancing Kismet Candlelit sculpture Wren Hughes The roof of the roundhouse Edwina image Planting an apple Sunset at westmill Thistle star Coffin Decoration Penny Sartori Mexican dancers Mexican dancers Natural Death Handbook Cocoon Nell Dunn Westall park Death fair Stream Helen leaf heart Marigold Festival Finale Sue Gill Day of the dead child