Iris Festival of Imagined Worlds

Tags: fantasy, Myth, fiction, author, author talk, Festival

Category: Events

Friday 9th February 2018, 3 - 6pm

Downloadable brochure available here (5MB)

We are delighted to announce our Festival of Imagined Worlds on Friday 9th February 2018. This event will celebrate novels set in imaginary worlds, exploring how ancient myths and histories have often inspired these worlds. 

The event will include author talks and book illustration workshops, as well as a wide range of stalls, activities and exhibitions. Visitors will be able to walk through different fictional worlds as they explore the site, each one containing striking decorations, workshops, stalls, and activities themed on novels and their authors. The four main worlds will include J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling. We have over thirty different organisations coming to run activities and stalls - you will be able to see Lord of the Rings costumes, handle a range of museum artefacts, build a robot Greek monster, watch and take part in performances and talks, including a live Quidditch match! Characters from well-known fantasy novels will mingle in the Festival, and there will be an Alice in Wonderland cafe.The stalls, activities and exhibitions run from 3 until 6pm. It is free and caters for all ages. School groups are warmly welcome.

We are also holding a costume competition, details of which can be found here.

The following author talks will also take place throughout the afternoon and evening:

2.30 - Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin-Eater's Daughter

3pm - Alice Broadway, author of Ink

3.30 - Alan Gibbons, author of Shadow of the Minotaur 

4.30 - Steve Voakes, author of The Dreamwalker's Child

5pm - Angie Sage, author of the Septimus Heap series

The festival itself does not require booking unless you are visiting with a school group. Author talks do need to be booked, and can be done so by emailing 

Poster image,"Bluebell Woods", by Danny Flynn, is inspired by Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire. Danny Flynn will be running workshops as part of the festival.