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Jacqueline Wilson © James Jordan

Oxford Literary Festival: The 20th Anniversary

Have a read through Oxford Lit Fest’s 2016 programme of events…bet you’ve read novels that are shorter!
David Baddiel

"One of the most famous literary festivals in the world is once again upon us"

Big names adorn the Oxford Literary Festival 2016 agenda like reason in a Richard Dawkins talk. The award winning creative mind behind Tracy Beaker and The Illustrated Mum, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, chats about her career; Julian Clary discusses his venture into children’s literature; plus Alan Ayckbourn is interviewed and receives the honorary fellowship of the festival.

On top of this, on 3rd April veteran actor Sir Ian Mckellen joins forces with scholar, broadcaster and critic Professor Sir Jonathan Bate to mark 400 years since the death of Shakespeare. The pair will discuss the role The Bard has played in their lives; regretfully their appearance is only an hour long…but tickets are from as little as £12.

But you could go through the entire week attending events starring the not as well-known as the above…and still you’ll be gripped and grateful. The festival hones in on human emotion courtesy of Tiffany Watt Smith, Marcus Berkmann guides us through 50 years of Star Trek and Hilary Gallo informs of how a soft approach will get you what you want in business.

Julian Clary © Eddie Botsio


David Baddiel is amongst those ensuring there is stuff at the festival for children and young adults. As is Katherine Rundell who delivers us Wild Wolves and Wilder Children, along with an African Storytelling experience supplied by Atinuke.

It’s not elitist, nor is it restricted; celebrating 20 years of existence, one of the most famous literary festivals in the world is once again upon us.

Oxford Lit Fest runs from 2nd-10th April.


Top Image - Jacqueline Wilson © James Jordan

Middle Image - David Baddiel

Bottom Image - Julian Clary © Eddie Botsio