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CELEBRATING THE AFTERGLOWS - MARCH 13 - 10.51am

Surprising festival gems

One thing you can bet on during this festival will be its unexpected pleasures. Those talks where you expect one thing and exit 60 minutes later feeling like you’ve won, quite by chance, the Literary Lottery. So, over the next 24-hours I’ll be highlighting those speakers who, based on past experience, will leave you not only enthralled DURING the event, but LONG AFTERWARDS too…

1. Eleonora Galasso (Friday, March 23, 2.00pm).

One of Italy’s top gastronomic writers and a self proclaimed ‘food activist’ (no, I’ve no idea what that means either), Galasso is an intriguing combination of high-end couturier, hands-on culinarian and expensively bottled (but perfectly balanced) parfum de Italian. And while her talks and demonstrations are hugely entertaining (anyone who’s seen her on BBC’s ‘Saturday Kitchen Live’ will tick that box), it’s her Teflon-coated wardrobe that will truly leave you enthralled.
I have seen Ms Galasso speak on many occasions and each time while frying, blending or flambéing, she has managed to walk away without suffering so much as a single stain, speck or smudge on her impeccable ensemble. And extraordinarily, it’s something the whole audience become fixated by. Joyous.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner 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 allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs 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 Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo 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 Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery 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