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Mary Beard received the Bodley medal at the 2016 festival.

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US opera singer Jessye Norman spoke at the 2015 festival

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The Sheldonian Theatre is the venue for the festival's biggest events

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Ian McKellen's appearance tin 2016 was a fitting way to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

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Novelist Alexander McCall Smith drew a big audience in 2014

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Journalist Jeremy Paxman speaks at the 2014 festival

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Comedian and children's author David Baddiel at the Sheldonian Theatre in 2016

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Novelist Louis de Bernieres signs for his readers

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The marquee bookshop is one of the most popular elements of the festival

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Festival-goers queue outside the Sheldonian Theatre

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Oxford Literary Festival 2016 Oxford Literary Festival

Preview event Paul Beatty
The Sellout – Winner of the Man Booker prize 2016
December 16 / Shedonian Theatre/ £12-£20

This year’s Man Booker Prize-winning author Paul Beatty talks about his race satire The Sellout – described by the judges as ‘a novel of our times . . . a tirelessly inventive modern satire’.    Book now.
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The 2017 festival takes place between Saturday March 25 and Sunday April 2.