Later this month a plethora of writers, authors and thinkers will once again be flocking to the city to speak at the event, which is sponsored by the Financial Times Weekend. Between 25th March - 2nd April talks will be taking place all over the city, in famous Oxford landmarks such as the Sheldonian Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum and numerous university colleges.
Oxford University’s 18th century Worcester College will be hosting this year’s event, offering accommodation, refreshments, library tours and bar facilities, as well as being a hub for many of the festival’s events.
Internationally acclaimed authors featured in this year’s programme include Alexander McCall-Smith (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency), Ben Okri (The Famished Road), Penelope Lively (Moon Tiger) and Victoria Hislop (The Island). But it’s not only authors that are getting in on the action. A great many celebrities will also be making an appearance at the event, amongst them TV chefs, Nigella Lawson and Ken Hom, Olympic athlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and revered actor Simon Callow (CBE).
Fear not, it is not necessary to have a degree in English Literature to appreciate these events or even to be particularly well read! Aside from literature, talks will touch upon topics such as food, history, science, travel, nature, religion and politics, meaning that there is something for everyone.
If you have a keen interest in culture and are considering doing an intensive English course in the UK this spring, why not combine the two and study at OISE Oxford whilst attending the Literary Festival?