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THE TWO ‘A’S OF A GREAT FESTIVAL - MARCH 7 - 2.19PM - 2020

2020 Oxford Literature Festival’s value for money

Call me old fashioned, but I always like to refer to the Oxford Literary Festival as Britain’s only AA festival… Accessible and Affordable that is.
When you consider the pedigree of some of its guest speakers, and the choice of splendid venues they occupy (The Sheldonian and Bodleian for example) it’s astonishing just how good value the festival’s events are.
For instance, consider the following: you can get to see, hear and maybe even meet the following authors/celebrities - renowned chef Prue Leith, one of the UK’s best known naturalists and conservationists Chris Packham, newscaster, broadcaster and Mastermind host John Humphrys, cricketing legend Henry Blofeld, tv historian Michael Wood, one of Britain’s best known and respected politicians Ken Clarke and the creator of the ‘No 1 Ladies Detective Agency’ Alexander McCall Smith - for anywhere between £7 to £15 (the differentiation in prices is according to where you sit as many of these are being held in The Sheldonian).
Similarly, you can enjoy an audience with famous names like crime writer Val McDermid, Olympic gold medalist Lady Mary Peters, Lady Brenda Hale (and maybe too her now famous spider brooch) who as president of the Supreme Court of the UK declared Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament unlawful, theoretical physicist and tv presenter Professor Jim Al-Khalili,  former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis and Newsnight journalist and presenter Kirsty Wark, acclaimed Hollywood actress Greta Scacchi, TV historian Ruth Goodman, poet and Booker prize-winning novelist Ben Okri and best-selling creator of the Alex Rider series Anthony Horowitz - all for £7 to £12.50.
Add to that Lucy Worsley and Dermot O‘Leary for £10, spine chilling author Michelle Paver for £8 and a whole host of other familiar names for ticket prices between £8 to £20, and it all adds up to a really affordable experience. Plus of course, there are numerous free events as well (but more on those next week).
As for accessibility, I’ll be taking a look at that tomorrow…

 

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 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 Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets 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 Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents 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 Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland

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 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 Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets 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 Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents 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 Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland