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Chancellor’s Lecture: Days Without End

Sebastian Barry Interviewed by Chris Patten

Thursday, 22 March 2018

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

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One of Ireland’s finest writers Sebastian Barry talks about his life and distinguished career, at the personal invitation of the chancellor of the University of Oxford Lord Chris Patten.

Barry became the only novelist to win the Costa Book of the Year award twice when his latest novel, Days Without End, won the 2017 award. He has just been named the new laureate for Irish fiction. Barry has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for A Long Long Way  and The Secret Scripture. He is also author of more than a dozen plays and two volumes of poetry. Days Without End is the story of an Irishman who fights in the American civil war and cross dresses so he can marry a man. The relationship between the two characters was inspired by Barry’s own son who came out as gay at the age of 16.

Here Barry talks to Patten, a former MP, cabinet minister, chairman of the Conservative Party, governor of Hong Kong and European commissioner, now chancellor of the University of Oxford.

In previous years the Chancellor’s lecture was given by:

Dr Mario Vargas Llosa – 2009
Jung Chang – 2011
Vikram Seth – 2012
Seamus Heaney – 2013
Orhan Pamuk – 2014
Amitav Ghosh – 2015
Professor Frank Dikötter – 2017

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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