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 in order to raise revenue to fund Oxfam's projects which fight poverty around the world. 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 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
- Air — combating climate change
- Fire — campaigning for arms control
- Water — safe water and sanitation
Each book contains a poem by Vikram Seth and an afterword written by Oxfam, detailing their work in that area.
38 British and Irish based authors contributed to this project.
Ox-Tales were published by Green Profile (a section of Profile Books) on 2 July 2009. They were originally published to mark the start of Oxfam's first annual book festival - "Bookfest" (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."
- "Green Books Campaign: Ox-Tales Earth", Iris on Books, 10 November 2010.
- Green Profile[dead link]
- Oxfam GB
- Oxfam's Online Store
- Oxfam GB: Land Rights in Africa
- Oxfam GB: Combatting Climate Change
- Oxfam GB: Campaigning for Arms Control
- Oxfam GB: Water and Sanitation
- Profile Books
- Oxfam GB: Bookfest
- Talking Books — Oxfam's Books Blog
- Classroom magazine, Issue #9, October 2009.
- William Skidelsky, "Charity aids the art of storytelling", The Guardian, 14 June 2009.
- The Times Online review
- Boyd Tonkin, "Boyd Tonkin: A feast of stories for a planet in want", The Independent, 3 July 2009.
- Katy Guest, "Ox-Tales: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, various authors" (review), Independent on Sunday, 5 July 2009.
- Sam Leith, "Telling tales" (review), The Spectator, 1 July 2009.