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Culture, Literature

What Makes Me

Tina Brown CBE


Tina Brown CBE is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and founder of the Women in the World summits. She is the author of the recently acclaimed book The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – the Truth and the Turmoil. The book reveals her inside account of the British royal family’s battle to overcome the dramas of the Diana years, only to confront new, 21st century crises. It is a follow-up to her 2007  New York Times best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles. She will be appearing at the brand-new festival KITE at Kirtlington Park in June.

What makes Tina…


My daughter’s bulldog, wildly wagging her tail when she sees me.


The old song, I get a Kick Out of You – it was a favourite of my husband and I.


Coming in after dinner and not having my husband to greet me.


Staring out to at the Atlantic Ocean when I go to my house in Long Island on the East coast.


A great new dress.


Timid journalism at times when courage is needed most.


When I read something that challenges me intellectually written by someone I didn’t know before.

Interested to learn more? 

Going to terrific ideas festivals, especially Kite Festival where I’m lucky enough to be appearing.

Tina Brown is the author of the Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – The Truth and the Turmoil (Century 2022). Hear Tina’s talk on the Royal Family at Kite Festival Sunday 12 June 2022

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Kite is a brand-new festival in Oxfordshire with a stellar line up of guests including Ai Wei Wei, David Miliband, Sathnam Sanghera, Rory Stewart and Jarvis Cocker, who encourage us to explore new ideas, learn from the past and understand the present. Music acts include the legendary Grace Jones and TLC.


Fri 1 Jul 2022

We spoke with the unmistakable voice behind the band Reef, Gary Stringer, ahead of their appearance at Fi.Fest in July. 

Thu 26 May 2022

The word is woefully over-used, but we think you’ll allow us to describe Bryan Adams as a genuine rock legend. Creating hit after hit since his debut in the early 80s, he has consistently kept his sense of self and his distinctive musical style relevant without compromise. We were absolutely over the moon when Bryan chose to speak with OX, exclusively, ahead of his headlining performance at the Cornbury Festival in July. 

Mon 2 May 2022

It’s a strange thing to be confronted by a famous face whether in the flesh or over Zoom; you never know when you’ll be a little starstruck. Anton du Beke has spent most autumn weekends in my living room for the past eight years but despite that, I had no idea what to expect when we arranged to speak ahead of his ‘Audience With’ at the Wycombe Swan in May. 

Mon 2 May 2022

The idea for an open studios event was brought from the US four decades ago and the first Artweek in the UK was held in Oxford, simply as a small local event. Since then, millions of visitors have enjoyed the friendly welcome of local artists: now the festival encompasses the whole of Oxfordshire and it is a model which has been copied across the country.