Visitors join day of creativity at Big Draw kick-off

28 September 2015

The Bodleian's Weston Library was a hive of activity on Saturday 19 September as thousands of visitors came to celebrate the launch of The Big Draw, the world's biggest drawing festival.

Image of child drawing at The Big Draw launch in Weston LibraryThe kick-off began with renowned author Philip Pullman read a short story from his Grimm Tales while Children's Laureate Chris Riddell illustrated the story live and broadcasted his sketches on the Weston's video wall.

Throughout the day members of the public, both young and old, enjoyed a range of free activities including drawing on a huge 'visitor book' unfurled in Blackwell Hall, having their portrait drawn by robots, trying their hand at lino printing on the Bodleian's historic printing press and taking part in creative workshops. Creative celebrations took place across Oxford as a further nine venues hosted activities on 19 September to launch The Big Draw 2015, and events will continue across the UK throughout October. See for details.

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