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Dame Joan Bakewell

The ticket price was £12 but frankly that was giving it away.
If it had been three times this or more, it would still have been a steal.
And obviously everyone knew it because the talk was a sell-out long before the festival even started.
It’s easy to wax lyrical about an event such as this but that would require too many words and hyperbole.
Better to just shoot from the hip - it was a privilege.
Veteran broadcaster, journalist and writer Joan Bakewell took to the stage at Oxford’s Natural History Museum and simply stole the show.
At 83, and still boasting all the vivacity, smarts and sassiness of someone 50 years her junior, she was relaxed, funny, and deliciously unassuming.
A president of Birbeck College and a Labour peer, she spoke about her life and why her new book Stop The Clocks solidifies the lessons she’s learned.
The audience was enthralled and Telegraph interviewer Matthew Stadlen appropriately adroit, ensuring a relaxed but revealing 60 minutes of fascinating observation and comment.
Apart from that there’s not much more to say. Other than the obvious: a masterclass in spirit and substance…

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine