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TAKE A LEAF FROM ROBERT FROST’S ‘THE ROAD NOT TAKEN’ - MARCH 7 - 2.25PM - 2019

The eternal appeal of the undiscovered jewel

What I like best about the Festival are not the big name authors who draw the crowds (even though, every year I can be found eagerly queuing outside the Sheldonian Theatre for the Jo Brands, Ranulph Fiennes’ and Lucy Worsleys of this world) but rather the lesser known speakers whose talks are often the most surprising.
In recent years for instance, there was the memorable presentation on conspiracy theories (I still dine out on an audience query concerning Prince Phillip, satellites, sex and the CIA), a talk on the origins of gin (never have I stumbled so shamelessly from a history lesson) and a morning at Oxford’s Story Museum devoted to Star Wars (the procession of mini Vaders in masks, capes, lightsabers with grandparents in tow was little short of joyous).
So my advice when choosing events this year is simple: spare a thought for the intriguing titles -

* ‘Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do’ Mar 31
* ‘The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think’ April 1
* ‘Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal’ April 3
* ‘The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience’ April 4
* ‘The Gendered Brain: Shattering the Myth of the Female Brain’ April 5
* ‘Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways’ April 7

You won’t be disappointed.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT 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 The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd