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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 Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer