WINNIE the Witch artist Korky Paul, folk music legend Peggy Seeger and bestselling crime author Ann Granger will be among the stars at this weekend's Kennington Festival of Arts.

Sculptor Alex Wenham, calligrapher Weimin He and conservationist Sylfest Muldal will also talk at the jam-packed event this Friday and Saturday.

As always, the festival will raise funds for the village library.

Organiser Sylvia Vetta said: "This weekend will be our main fundraiser to sustain the community library and all its family activities, and I hope people will agree that it is a brilliant line-up with something for everyone.

"It kicks off with the legend that is Peggy Seeger, and our library's honorary life president Korky Paul will be there with Winnie the Witch and Wilbur."

Starting proceedings on Friday night at the village centre, Ms Seeger will talk about her life's work and her famous family.

Ms Vetta added: "Peggy Seeger is folk royalty but her musical connections are wide.

"Her mother Ruth Crawford was the first female modernist classical composer in the USA and her father Charles, with Alan Lomax, recorded the history and variety of music traditions in the USA.

"Her brother Pete even sang at President Obama’s inauguration."

On Saturday morning, Korky Paul will officially open the festival at 10am then entertain children and parents with magical tales.

At 11.45am Oxford's Confluence Collective will perform their unique music, then after lunch Ann Granger will take visitors on a tour through the sordid world of crime fiction.

Sylfest Muldal, who helps organise Kennington's annual toad road rescue, will give an illustrated presentation on the village's lesser-known wildlife.

Single event tickets will this year cost £5 and a family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £10 in advance or £15 on the door.

All the money raised will go towards the library which has been run by the Friends of Kennington Library since Oxfordshire County Council pulled its funding in 2010.

Ms Vetta said: "Despite being a community library it is thriving.

"We have to raise £4,000 every year to have a professional library manager although we have volunteers who help her, and our main fundraiser is the festival of arts."

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