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Today, we are excited to share with you the sixth in our series of posts highlighting members of the Barefoot Books team. Katie Livesey, Commissioning Editor, uses her sharp eyes and ears to find new stories to bring to the growing list of Barefoot Books titles. She is also quite the world traveler – here she is in Tanzania, next to a river full of crocodiles and hippopotami! Read on to learn more about Katie and her work at Barefoot Books!


This week was a milestone for our Oxford Studio, as we heard the exciting news that the Storytellers’ Cafe has won Junior Magazine’s Design Award for the best family restaurant in England. Hurrah! This photograph shows you the men behind the menu: Vladimir and Jose Niza are brothers and between them they create the dishes that we serve in our cafe. If you happen to be at large in north Oxford, why not stop by and sample some of our offerings? We have fresh fruit smoothies, tasty soups and sandwiches, delicious fish cakes, flavoursome omelettes… I could go on, and I haven’t even mentioned the carrot cake, or the capuccinos, artfully adorned by our barista, Alexandra.


Roll up, roll up! One of our best storytellers, Daniel Morden, is coming to Oxford with his company, ‘The Devil’s Violin’. He’ll be performing ‘A Love like Salt’ at the Bodleian Library on Friday evening at 7.30pm. If you are free to go along, you’ll be in for an unforgettable evening. Watch the video to find out more!


When we moved the UK office from Bath to Oxford last summer, one of the changes I most enjoyed was being in close contact with our young audience. In Oxford, our desks and our conference room  are separated from the first floor studio by no more than a slender glass partition, with a glass door in the middle. All kinds of exciting things happen in the Studio: drumming workshops, postnatal yoga, baby-signing sessions, birthday parties.


I don’t remember when I first heard the story of ‘The Snow Queen’ as a child, but as an adult this story continues to exercise a powerful hold on me. The Snow Queen herself is the embodiment of the dark side of feminine energy, rather like the white witch in Narnia. The shattering of the mirror is the fracturing of our childhood innocence, and Gerda’s courage as she heads into the unknown to rescue Kay is a metaphor for all of our journeys from childhood to adulthood.


If you’ve been into our Oxford Studio, you’ve probably met some wonderful characters who spend their days helping children bring out the best of their creativity, and introducing them to far off lands through stories, art and more. One of these people is Susannah Lambe, a volunteer storyteller who comes in regularly simply because she loves reading to children. We’re pleased to share with you a bit about her personal story, so read on and let us know what your favorite part about reading to children is!


We have just been hijacked by one of our local radio stations! Every week, JACK FM descends on an Oxford business and broadcasts its breakfast show from their premises. Well before sunrise, the JACK FM team were on site, setting up their recording equipment while our peerless kitchen crew conjured up steaming hot chocolate, rich coffee, fresh pastries and my favourite, porridge with brazil nuts, alfalfa, sunflower seeds and grated apple. And then the action started!


When was the last time you walked inside a store and felt as if you had entered a different world, or stepped inside your favorite story? Watch this video for a taste of what we’re up at the Barefoot Books Oxford Studio, a wonderful place full of vibrant colours, fun events, stories that spark the imagination and artisan gifts for all ages. We welcome your comments any comments and suggestions you may have about what family activities you would love to see take place at our Studio.


Every November, the BBC’s charity, Children in Need, is at the centre of a nationwide fundraising campaign on behalf of disadvantaged children. Children in Need’s vision is to ensure that every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and able to fulfil their potential. Friday was national ‘Children in Need’ day. At Barefoot Books, north Oxford, we had our first fund-raising storython; a ‘pay to add a sentence’ creative storywriting contest, and utterly irresistible spotty sock biscuits on sale in the Storytellers’ Cafe. We added in face-painting here, and a little African drumming there and everyone had a lot of fun! See below for a glimpse of some of our antics.


Now that our Oxford Studio is up and running, we’d like to share with you some of the unique products and services we offer at our new location. We asked Louisa Maybury*, who sells an eclectic mix of ethnic pieces from South Asia in the Studio, to tell us a little more about herself and her products. In her words…