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
Dinomania for those aged 7 to 99 - April 3 - 3.46pm - 2022
Heard the one about the blood donor scheme for bats…? - April 2 - 11.44am - 2022
As dazzling as the HAL 9000, as entertaining as Woody Allen - April 1 - 3.37pm - 2022
‘Round like a circle in a spiral…’ - March 31 - 6.15pm - 2022
Food for thought - March 31 - 3.32pm - 2022
Fit for Royalty - March 30 - 3.56pm - 2022
‘A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind…’ - March 30 - 11.24am - 2022