Diary of Events

For full details and booking info please click on each Event below. Please note that the Online Day Registration includes ANY OR ALL OF THE EVENTS ON 3rd NOVEMBER.
All our events are inclusive and open to those who identify as white, brown, yellow and global majority, we openly welcome difference and diversity as a way of learning more about the impact of death, dying and living.

Throughout the Festival - The Travelling Postbox 

Fri 8th Sept – Sat 4th Nov Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
 How do you feel today? (Exhibition) Old Fire Station

Sat 7th Oct 4.30-6.30pm Memorial Gathering  Westmill Woodland Burial Ground
Ongoing till Feb 2024 Tues-Sun 12-5pm Exhibition at the History of Science Museum History of Science Museum

Wed 11th Oct 5.30-7.00pm Death Café Old Fire Station SOLD OUT

Thurs 12th Oct 5.45-8.00pm Birth (film) Ultimate Picture Palace
Sat 21st Oct 11.30am-1.00pm Our Grief - Black Women Speak (film) Sobell House Hospice

Sat 21st Oct 21 7.00-8.00pm Hayley Campbell Blackwell's Bookshop - Event cancelled owing to personal circumstances

Sun 22nd October 1.30pm/3.00pm - 5.00pm Drowning Our Sorrows Hinksey Lake/Oxford Community Centre
Wed 25th Oct 2.00-3.30pm Living and Dying Well in Care Homes (free training) Exeter Hall, Kidlington
Wed 25th Oct 8.00pm Let’s Talk about Philip (theatre) The North Wall
Sat 28th Oct 2.00-5.00pm Making Space for Grief (workshop) Oxford City Farm
Wed 1st Nov 6.30-8.30pm Invitation to a Rivonia Declaration (poetry workshop) The Community Works
Wed 1st Nov from 8.30pm Post-Poetry Supper at Lula's The Community Works

Thurs 2nd Nov 7.30pm till late Deadbeats (Pop-Up Dance Event) Bankrupt Club

Friday Nov 3rd – Online Day (all daytime events take place on Zoom)
Registration for Online Day enables you to attend ANY OR ALL of the events, as you choose. (The only exception is for the sessions on Deep Listening for Assisted Dying, to which only the first 15 participants will be admitted to each session, first come first served.) To register you will be asked to pay what you can. There will also be an opportunity to purchase an online recording of all the days' events (excluding the two on Assisted Dying.)

On Registration, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with the Zoom link for the whole day - you just click on the link any time you wish to join an event. There will be a separate link for the sessions on Assisted Dying.

You will also receive reminder emails leading up to the event - and booking will remain open throughout Online Day too, so you can still join even if you missed the start!

 (3rd NOV, ALL EVENTS 9.00am to 6.20pm INCLUDED)

9.15-9.45am Mindful Moment
Words of Welcome from Festival Director, Liz Rothschild
10.00-11.00am Getting Ready
11.05am -12.05pm Life, Almost - Miscarriage, Still Birth and Motherhood
12.10-1.30pm Weathering the Storm – What can we learn from Covid?
12.10-1.30pm Deep Listening for Assisted Dying (numbers restricted)
1.30-2.00pm Lunch Break 
2.00-2.30pm C Shells (film)

2.35-3.20pm Blue Cross – Pet Bereavement
3.25-4.45pm Grieving for Our Planet
3.25-4.45pm (Repeat) Deep Listening for Assisted Dying (numbers restricted)
4.45-5.00pm Tea Break
5.00-6.00pmWhere Have We Come From and Where Are We Going?
6.00pm Closing Words and invitation to post feedback

Friday 3rd November - Live Evening Event
7.30-10.30pm Day of the Dead Ceilidh – Wolvercote Village Hall SOLD OUT

Saturday November 4th - all events take place at The Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

9.25-9.55am Love's Tender Breath

Moving – The Story of a Home (film - will be shown at intervals throughout the day)
10.00am-12.00pm Speed Dating with Death
12.00-12.45pm Lunch Our Pop-Up Festival Cafe (also an opportunity to browse resources and displays. Lunch booking recommended)
12.45-1.45pm Breaking the Silence – starting important conversations
1.45-2.45pm Cutting the Cord – exploring death and birth in context SOLD OUT
2.45-3.45pm Continuing Bonds (creative workshop) SOLD OUT
3.45-4.45pm How did we end up doing this? Women in the funeral industry
4.45-5.00pm Tea Break (also an opportunity to browse resources and displays) 

5.00-6.00pm The Rituals of Mourning

7.30-9.30pm Singing our Hearts In

All day   Coffin and Shroud Display
All day   Our pop-up Festival Cafe

Sunday November 5th

10.00am-4.00pm Crossing The Threshold
Iffley Road
10.00am-12.30pm Walking it Through! Christchurch Meadows/The Independent Cafe
2.00pm-3.30pm Covid Memorial Tree Planting Bury Knowle Park

Time 3.30 for 3.45pm-5.00pm Bereavement Café Cafe Bonjour EVENT CANCELLED, apologies for any inconvenience