Christmas Crackers

Cristmas Crackers

A Book of Christmas Jokes, Riddles and Rhymes - sold in aid of research here at OPDC

Written and compiled by John Foster

Illustrators include Gerald Scarfe, Korky Paul and Alex Brychta.

Rhymes about what happened:

  • When the reindeer went on strike.
  • What kind of pizza Good King Wenceslas ordered.
  • What Santa's mother said to him on Christmas morning.
Plus jokes and riddles guaranteed to make you giggle.

Limited availability. Price £5 plus postage. Email to request a copy.

Proceeds will be donated to Research projects being conducted at the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre.

"An ideal stocking filler or to read between the Turkey and the Xmas Pudding."

Gnorman Gnome - the Elf Gazette

The book comprises 30 pages of A5 size fun.

More about John Foster


John Foster is a highly regarded children’s poet and poetry performer who has performed his poems in over 500 schools and libraries and at the Cheltenham and Edinburgh festivals. He has edited over 100 poetry anthologies and published 12 books of his own poetry.

In 2005 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and developed a severe tremor. In 2011 he had a brain operation to control the tremor (Deep Brain Stimulation) and has continued writing and performing. He has written and compiled Christmas Crackers in aid of Parkinson’s research.

Little Roger's Big Adventure


A story about an adventurous dragon sold in aid of OPDC

Written by Bobbie Coelho and illustrated by Laura Renwick

Bobbie who has already published a number of poetry books, has decided to try her hand at children's writing and has produced a 13-page children's book which tells the tale of Little Roger the dragon, who is fed up of lighting barbeques and sets off on an adventure.

Copies of Little Roger's Big Adventure can be bought for £5.99 by contacting

Mrs Coelho said "This is something I wanted to try to see if I would be any good at, and every penny will go to Parkinson's research.

"Parkinson's is a very progressive condition with no cure, and it can make you feel out of it and feel quite lonely at times.

"I just want people to understand not all diseases are visible."