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Old 20th Feb 2005, 17:01   #1
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In The Sunday Times, this is billed as The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival (unsurprisingly) - and details can be found http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/TicketsOxford/stolf/here.

But to whet appetites, such literary luminaries as William Boyd, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, Zadie Smith, Alan Hollinghurst and David Mitchell will be gracing the event for your delectation - along with some of the usual odd-job suspects such as Ann Widdecombe, John Humphrys and Jenny Eclair. Full details won't be available until this coming week, apparently, but it might be one worth checking out.
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Details and times of events are now available. See here: http://www.sundaytimes-oxfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/
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Hm, Ish and Carey in conversation on Sunday 10 April. That should be a right love-in.

I was in Oxford a couple of years in a row just outside the dates for the festival, which was a bit of a pain. Might try to make it this year.
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Anyone coming up for the Ox Lit Fest should get in touch with the locals - like me!

I am a moderate fount of knowledge as far as places to eat and drink and buy books and would be more than happy to see fellow Palimpcitizens. I can only afford to go to a few of the events, sigh. But socialising is always on!

so far - David Mitchell is already sold out so poop to that one but plenty of the others are still available.
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Just looked this up - no chance of getting to it of course - but! A writing workshop with Jan Mark, and sessions on reading at home with Alex Brychta and Roderick Hunt! :D Anyone who's gone through the Oxford Reading Tree four times as I have, revere these last two for the best reading scheme I've come across - witty and exciting and interesting for the adults as well - spot R. Hunt in one of the Magic Key illustrations, and the red-haired grumpy school caretaker who turns up disguised in all the adventures.
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So, here is what I will be going to see, on my limited budget at the Ox Lit Fest...

New Beginnings, Ideas and Inspiration - Nicholas Evans, robert Harris, David Mitchell and Philip Pullman Chair: Peter Kemp
How do authors begin?

Recurring Themes - John Carey: chair, Valentine Cunningham, Joanne Harris and Philip Pullman
Why do we tell stories and what purpose do they have in our lives? Are there a finite number of plots? etc etc...

David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Got a last minute ticket! Hooray - Shame I havn't read it yet, but it will be interesting to hear the author talk about it before I do.

David Starkey - Monarchy
Fascinating man...

Reviews and comments will follow.

I might also try and get onto a tour of Oxford University Press and maybe Lyra's Oxford - although I don't know if you can tack on to those if you're a lone adult, not sure whether they'd accept my 'Im a child at heart' argument!
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2011 lit fest: Had to choose between Ishiguro and Adam Mars-Jones as they are both on at the same time. I went with Adam Mars-Jones as I am loving Cedilla. It was a tough choice though - Ishiguro is on in the Sheldonian.
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