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Bodley Lecture and Award of Bodley Medal: A Life of My Own

Claire Tomalin Interviewed by Richard Ovenden

Saturday, 17 March 2018

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

One of the leading biographers of her age Claire Tomalin talks about her own life, in conversation with Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden, and receives the Bodley Medal – awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds in which the Bodleian is active including literature, culture, science and communication.

Tomalin’s autobiography sets her own life in a wider political and cultural context. It follows her difficult wartime childhood, the break-up of her parents’ marriage, the death of her brilliant journalist husband Nicholas Tomalin on assignment, bringing up four children on her own, success as a literary editor and discovering her true vocation as a biographer.

Tomalin’s first book, The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award. She went on to write a number of highly acclaimed and bestselling biographies including of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens.

Following this event, Tomalin will be presented with the Bodley Medal, the highest honour of the Bodleian Libraries. Previous recipients include Peter Carey, Alan Bennett, Oliver Sacks, Hilary Mantel, Nicholas Hytner, Ian McEwan, Professor Mary Beard and William Boyd.

Presented by the Bodleian Libraries.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2018 partners & sponsors

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 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