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Countdown to Oxford Literary Festival

Editor-at-large Jeremy Smith begins our countdown to Oxford Lit Fest, first steering you in the direction of the event’s literary giants
Editor-at-large Jeremy Smith

"Ayckbourn will of course be a H-U-G-E draw"

So as of today it's only 11 days until the start of the Oxford Literary Festival, which begins on Saturday 2nd April.


Since I will be writing a daily column on every facet of the festival (which you’ll be able to read online here or on the Literary Festival's own website), we thought we'd get you in the mood by highlighting some of this year's must-sees/must-dos.

And to kick it off, here is a short list of just some of the famous names attending...

Alan Ayckbourn will of course be a H-U-G-E draw (Sunday 10th April). One of Britain's most revered and successful playwrights, his best known works include Relatively Speaking, How The Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests.

And in the beautiful Sheldonian Theatre, Sir Alan will not only talk about his life to Paul Allen, his biographer, but receive as well the coveted honorary fellowship of the Oxford Literature Festival.

But if that weren't enough, for those who love their literary giants to be...uh... giants, look out for - in no particular order – Melvyn Bragg (Thursday 7th April), Jacqueline Wilson (Saturday 2nd April), A C Grayling (Saturday 2nd April), Ben Okri (Wednesday 6th April), Marian Keyes (Sunday 10th April) and Joanne Harris (Friday 8th April).


- Jeremy Smith


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