A ‘VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION’ ON HOW TO BECOME SMUG (IN JUST 15 EASY MINUTES) - MARCH 1ST - 4.37PM
The most modish of marquees
The one thing about the festival that never fails to… delight (and yes, ‘delight’ IS the word) is Blackwells Marquee, situated always just next to the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library.
Not only is its location perfect from a geographical, architectural and historical perspective, but its presence too acts as the perfect social hub for this nine-day event. And if that’s not enough to tempt you in, its calendar of Oxford University Press (OUP) sponsored talks are be-there-or-be-square events.
These free 15-minute soap box talks feature expert authors from OUPs ‘Very Short Introduction’ series and take place twice daily. And they’re nattily cool.
Indeed its astonishing how, in the time it takes you to drink a large cappuccino, you can become briefly smug on all manner of topics from Black Holes to Chaos Theory and Fungi.
Deliciously spontaneous and occasionally bizarre, they often deliver many of the festival’s best ‘easy listening’ moments.
Plus, if you missed it the first time, they’re free
WHAT A WAY TO GO! - MARCH 25 - 3.19pm
LIKE A WARMING BRANDY ON A COLD NIGHT - MARCH 24 - 4.38pm
GOD THEY WERE SMART - MARCH 24 - 4.08pm
PAINFULLY JOYFUL - MARCH 24 - 11.23am
THE OLDER WOMAN’S BIBLE - MARCH 24 - 9.09am
A GUILTY PLEASURE - MARCH 23 - 3.29pm
DEPRESSING? NOT A BIT OF IT! - MARCH 22 - 5.39pm