Oxford Literary Festival 2017

Saturday 25th March – Sunday 2nd April

Oxford. It’s a city intrinsically connected with academia, intellect and intrigue. Home to the University of Oxford, the Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford truly is a great British hub of culture. But how can you get a slice of the scholarly action for yourself? Well, dear reader, we have the festival for you. The Oxford Literary Festival has been taking place in the city every spring for the last 20 years and if you have never been before, then the 21st annual Oxford Literary Festival is the perfect place to start. With appearances from literary heavyweights including Alexander McCall Smith, Hilary Mantel and Simon Armitage, there is sure to be something for everyone. To help you navigate the myriad events that are happening across the week, here at one of the best value hotels near Oxford, we have chosen a few of our top picks for this year’s festival:


For the Foodies: Thomasina Miers

Home Cook: Fuss Free Recipes sees Masterchef champion, Thomasina Miers in conversation with Henrietta Clancy about Miers’ new book, Home Cook. Learn all about Miers’ every day kitchen staples and how to whip up a delicious, no-fuss, home cooked meal like a pro. Not to miss if you are looking to scrub up your kitchen skills.


For the Romantics: Victoria Hislop

500 Years of Corpus Christi: Cartes Postales from Greece is set to be a fascinating hour long chat about Victoria Hislop’s latest novel, Cartes Postales from Greece. The novel follows the life of Ellie, who starts receiving postcards from a mystery correspondent in Greece which compel her to visit the country…


For the Vocab Geeks: Susie Dent

Fascinated by words? Then The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary is the talk for you. Join Countdown’s Susie Dent and fellow lexicographer Peter Gilliver for an in depth discussion about the history of the OED. Investigating previously unexamined material and really delving into cultural history of the Oxford English Dictionary, this is a sure fire winner for those with a liking for lexicon.


For the Kids: Nick Sharratt

Illustrator and children’s author, Nick Sharratt’s quirky illustrations are recognisable the world over, largely thanks to their appearance in the novels of children’s literature superstar, Jacqueline Wilson. But now Sharratt has branched out on his own and published his first illustrated chapter book, The Cat and the King. In this charming talk, including a Q+A and live drawing session, children will get a chance to get to know their favourite illustrator and learn all about his new book.


For the Gardeners: Michael Heseltine

In Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden, former deputy prime minister, Lord Michael Heseltine tells the tale of how he and his wife Anne have spent 40 years creating the perfect English garden at their Thenford home. Definitely a must see for all those green-thumbed punters attending the festival.


So that’s just a small taste of the plethora of events that are taking place at the Oxford Literary Festival this year. If any or all of those fascinating talks take you fancy, then our Oxfordshire hotel is the perfect place to plan your trip from. Book your stay direct today for our best rate guaranteed.