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Ox-Tales refers to four anthologies of short stories written by 38 of the UK's best known authors. All the authors donated their stories to Oxfam. The books and stories are loosely based on the four elements (Earth, Fire, Air and Water)

The Ox-Tales books were published in partnership with Green Profile[1][2] in order to raise revenue to fund Oxfam's projects which fight poverty around the world.[3] Oxfam receives a percentage of the cover price of each book sold (£3.50 per book if bought directly from an Oxfam shop or Oxfam's online store[4] and 50p if the books are purchased through other retailers).



The themes of the collections are intended to represent four aspects of Oxfam's work:

  • Earth — land rights and farming[5]
  • Air — combating climate change[6]
  • Fire — campaigning for arms control[7]
  • Water — safe water and sanitation[8]

Each book contains a poem by Vikram Seth and an afterword written by Oxfam, detailing their work in that area.


Publication detailsEdit

Ox-Tales were published by Green Profile[2] (a section of Profile Books[9]) on 2 July 2009. They were originally published to mark the start of Oxfam's first annual book festival - "Bookfest"[10] (4–18 July 2009).


In Autumn 2009, the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) recommended Ox-Tales to its readers as "enjoyable, thought-provoking reading for you and also for older students — well worth a place in the secondary school stock cupboard for KS4 of KS5."[11]

NATE reprinted Marina Lewycka's story "The Importance of Having Warm Feet" from the Ox-Tales: Earth collection in the October 2009 edition of their magazine, Classroom.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Green Books Campaign: Ox-Tales Earth", Iris on Books, 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Green Profile Archived May 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Oxfam GB | leading UK charity fighting global poverty". Oxfam GB. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ Oxfam's Online Store
  5. ^ Oxfam GB: Land Rights in Africa
  6. ^ Oxfam GB: Combatting Climate Change
  7. ^ Oxfam GB: Campaigning for Arms Control
  8. ^ Oxfam GB: Water and Sanitation
  9. ^ "Stimulating non-fiction from one of the UK's top independent publishers - Profile Books". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  10. ^ Oxfam GB: Bookfest
  11. ^ a b Talking Books — Oxfam's Books Blog
  12. ^ Classroom magazine, Issue #9, October 2009.

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