FT events

FT Weekend at the Bodleian is a series of events staged by FT Weekend at the festival on Saturday 1 April.

Tim harford

Tim Harford – Messy: How to be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-minded World 10am / Weston Lecture Theatre / £13.50

Financial Times journalist and economist Tim Harford argues that we should embrace messiness in our lives because it is how we succeed in business and in life.

peter Stothard

Peter Stothard talks to Alec Russell – The Senecans: Four Men and Margaret Thatcher and Seneca’s Lessons for the Trumpian Age
11.30am / Weston Lecture Theatre / £12.50

Former editor of The Times Sir Peter Stothard blends politics, memoir and ancient history with a look at a group of four men involved with Margaret Thatcher who all had a taste for the Roman philosopher, statesman and dramatist Seneca.

David Tang talks to Jane Owen – How I Conquered the World with Good Manners
12.45pm / Weston Lecture Theatre / £12.50

Sir David Tang, entrepreneur, Financial Times agony uncle and author of Rules for Modern Life explains how he conquered the world with good manners.

Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott talks to Sarah Gordon – The Fate of the West: The Decline and Revival of the World’s Most Valuable Political Idea 2pm / Weston Lecture Theatre / £12.50

Former Economist editor-in-chief Bill Emmott says the liberal democracies of the West are in decline and explains how they must change in order to recover and thrive.

Richard Ovenden

Richard Ovenden and David Tang – John Thomson’s Illustrations of China and its People – A Masterclass
2pm / Weston Library: Seminar Room / £12.50

Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden, pictured, an expert on the pioneering photographer and traveller John Thomson, and Financial Times columnist and Hong Kong businessman Sir David Tang give a masterclass on Thomson’s work in China.

Nicholas Lander

Nicholas Lander talks to Natalie Whittle – On the Menu: The World’s Favourite Piece of Paper
2pm / Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room / £12.50

Financial Times restaurant critic Nicholas Lander looks at the history, design and evolution of the restaurant menu.

Nilanjana Roy

Nilanjana Roy talks to Lorien Kite – On Building Imaginary Worlds
3.30pm / Weston Library: Seminar Room / £13.50

FT Life & Arts columnist and novelist Nilanjana Roy talks about literary journalism, fiction and the space in between.

Lucy Kellaway talks to Mike Skapinker – NowTeach: Why I am Leaving a Top Job at the FT for Teaching 3.30pm / Weston Lecture Theatre / £12.50

The inimitable Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway, famed for her satire on modern corporate life, talks about her decision to leave the newspaper after more than 30 years to teach maths in a challenging London secondary school.


Rob Armstrong, Philip Stephens , Jonathan Derbyshire and Sarah Gordon – FT Live Leader Debate 4.45pm / Weston Lecture Theatre / £12.50

For the first time in 125 years the FT lifts the lid on its daily editorial conference. Traditionally this is held in camera each day at the FT to decide the next day’s editorials. Rob Armstrong, the FT’s chief leader writer and senior columnists, including Philip Stephens, Jonathan Derbyshire and Sarah Gordon, will debate live the issues of the day and decide the “line” for an editorial in the next Monday’s newspaper.

jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman talks to Alec Russell – The Art of the Interview in the Post-Truth Age
6.30pm / Sheldonian Theatre / £15-£20

Britain’s most legendary political interviewer Jeremy Paxman talks to FT Weekend editor Alec Russell about the post-truth age – and how an interviewer exposes the truth in the face of politicians like Trump.