Authors dress up for Story Museum

Authors dress up for Story Museum

Oxford’s Story Museum will open this spring with a photographic exhibition featuring famous authors dressed as the characters they loved most as children.

The 26 Characters exhibition will feature children’s laureate Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West in Frank L Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Terry Jones as the comic strip character Rupert Bear, Terry Pratchett as Just William from the Richmal Crompton series, and Neil Gaiman as Badger from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, in a series of photographs taken by Cambridge Jones.

Other participating authors include Anthony Horovitz, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jamila Gavin, Charlie Higson, Shirley Hughes, Terry Jones, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michael Morpurgo, Terry Pratchett, Francesca Simon and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Visitors will also get the chance to hear authors talk about their literary heroes and read new stories created for the exhibition by Jamila Gavin, Geraldine McCaughrean and others and read by actors Olivia Colman and Christopher Eccleston.

The museum is planning a full programme of events and activities, with a talking throne and a dressing-up area.

The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council and will run from April to November.

The Story Museum started as an online venture but drew up plans to move into a city centre location after receiving an anonymous £2.5m donation in 2009. Its patrons are children's authors Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson.