On BBC Radio Oxford from 20th March:
Monday – Founding Directors Angie Prysor Jones and Sally Dunsmore will give an overview of the Festival.
Tuesday - Paul Levy on The Letters of Lytton Stachey.
Wednesday – Stella Tillyard on A Royal Affair – Family, Life and Lovers of George III.
Thursday – Mark Davies and his books on local history.
Friday - Richard Dawkins on the Selfish Gene 30th anniversary and his new book.
The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival has announced an exciting line-up of leading authors, broadcasters and thinkers as the festival moves to Christ Church, the spectacular Oxford college in the heart of the city.
Francis Fukuyama unveils his eagerly awaited After the Neocons; Doris Lessing, widely recognised as one of the greatest writers of her generation, talks about her latest novel and her lifetime in literature; Richard Dawkins celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Selfish Gene; and Melvyn Bragg presents his choice of Twelve Books that Changed the World.
Other celebrated speakers include Kate Adie, John Berendt, David Cairns, AA Gill, PD James, Simon Jenkins, Boris Johnson, Richard Mabey, George MacDonald Fraser, Diana Melly, Christopher Meyer, Kate Mosse, Chris Patten, Frederic Raphael, Ruth Rendell, Stella Tillyard, Colin Thubron. The full list of the speakers and events is below.
BBC 4 is the festival's new broadcasting partner. The channel hosts two special literary events: the debate WHAT IS ART? chaired by Mark Lawson, with panellists including John Carey, which will be broadcast on the channel, and a preview screening of the forthcoming film THE WAUGHS: FATHERS AND SONS directed by Fran Landsman, which follows Alexander Waugh’s search for his family’s emotional and literary history. Alexander Waugh himself will introduce the screening.
The move to Christ Church, one of the most beautiful university colleges in the country and renowned worldwide, marks the 10th Festival. Writers and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the historic surroundings and, should they choose, stay over night in the college.
The festival will cover an enormous range of categories including the Arts, Biography and Memoirs, Business and Economics, Children’s Events, Contemporary Culture, Crime, Current Affairs, Environment and Development, Exhibitions, Fiction, Food & Drink, Gardening, History, Humour, Language and Literature, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Publishing, Religion, Science and Natural History, Theatre, Travel as well as Walking Tours and Workshops.
The festival features are as follows:
Friday 24 March: Robert Winston, Ruth Rendell, Melvyn Bragg, BBC Four Debate: What is Art?
Saturday 25 March: Lisa Jardine & Andrew O'Hagan, Nicola Humble, Writers' Round Table, Stella Tillyard, Francis Fukuyama, Hessell-Tiltman Prize, D. J. Taylor, Science in Fiction, David Whyte talk, Steve Jones, Tower Poetry, Miranda Seymour, Frederic Raphael & Paul Cartledge, Muhammad Abdel Haleem, Cross-Borders, Cross-Fences, Disability in the Arts, Fay Weldon, Marginalization of Christianity, Simon Hoggart, Tim Harford, Tim Mowl, Inspiring Books: Colin Dexter, Festival Opening Dinner.
Sunday 26 March: David Whyte workshop, Graham Coleman, Colin Duriez, Adam Hart-Davis, P. D. James, Boris Johnson, Art Publishing, The Woolfs, Prunella Scales & Teresa Ransom, David Cairns & Colin Davis, Dominic Dromgoole, Kunal Basu, Myslexia Reading Workshop, Kate Adie, John Berendt, Alyce Mahon & Frank Whitford, Pat Thane & Tom Kirkwood, Michael Rosen, Shakespeare Today, George MacDonald Fraser, Dear Conjunction: 84 Charing Cross Road, Mary Loudon, Preethi Nair, Jonathan Kaplan, John McGahern, Michael Mansfield, Colin Tudge, Candida Crewe & William Leith.
Monday 27 March: Richard Mabey, Diana Melly, Clive James, Mark Haddon, Writing on Family, James Hamilton, Michael Dobbs, Consciousness, Helen Simpson, Mark White, Roger Osborne, Carmen Callil & Antony Beevor, Wendy Cope, Claire Asquith & Alice Hogge, Jem Poster, Owen Sheers, Chris Patten, Arnold Wesker, Change the World, Pedalo Workshop, Tom Petherick, African Writing: Caine Prize, Chernobyl, Dear Conjunction: Chère Maître, Alexander Masters, Karen Armstrong, Kate Mosse.
Tuesday 28 March: Lewis Wolpert, Martin Gayford, Hugo Vickers, Miles Kington, A. A. Gill, Tim Waterstone, Ross King, Christina Lamb, Climate Change, Doris Lessing, A. C. Grayling, Claudia Roden, Philip Marsden, Xandra Bingley, Gerald Scarfe, Timothy Radcliffe, Jenny Diski, Barnaby Rogerson & Charles Allen, Penguin Readers' Evening, Michael Burleigh, BBC Four: The Waughs, Three Poets, John Gross, Mavis Cheek, Christopher Meyer, Marie Darrieussecq, Eric Beinhocker.
Wednesday 29 March: Sebastian Peake, Bettany Hughes, Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson, Moazzam Begg, Vicki Feaver & Robin Robertson, Roger Pearson, Sara Wheeler, Edward St Aubyn, James Fenton & John Fuller, Selfish Gene, Travel in Islam, John Dickie, Richard Robinson, Peyton Skipwith, Colin Thubron, Paul Levy, David Nobbs, Philippe Sands, James Fenton, Sun Shuyun, Crime Fiction in Translation, Political Theatre, John Burnside, Manches Literary Dinner.
Walking Tours: Keats's 'Eyelashes' walk, 'Playful Imagination' walk, Keats's 'Eyelashes' walk, 'Playful Imagination' walk, 'Playful Imagination' walk, Literary Oxford, Political Oxford, Keats's 'Eyelashes' walk, Literary Oxford.
Saturday 25 March: Michael Morpurgo, Ladybird Tales, John Foster, Peter Rabbit, James Carter, Nick Butterworth, Zizou Corder, Ladybird Tales.
Sunday 26 March: Michael Rosen, Alan Snow, Shirley Hughes, Bel Mooney, Charlie Higson, Ian Whybrow, Alex Brychta & Rod Hunt.
Monday 27 March: Francesca Simon.
Tuesday 28 March: Philip Reeve.
Wednesday 29 March: 6th Youth Poetry Slam.