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WITH JUST SIX-AND-A-BIT WEEKS TO GO, IT’S OKAY TO START DROOLING…

First tips for this year’s Must-Sees

So, as promised, here’s the first of my top tips for this year’s festival. And since it’s Monday, it’s short but sweet…

Saturday March 17:

Frankly, a no-brainer; Peter Brookes - “Interesting Times” looks set to be a sell-out event. After all, political cartoonists of Mr Brookes eminence (he draws for The Times) must surely be the most eagerly read of all commentators during these extraordinary and (think Trump, Brexit and last year’s General Election) hysterical times.
Equally, there’s nothing like a bit of true culture to kick off those literary affectations. And with Anthony Sher - “Year of The Mad King: The Lear Diaries” you can rest assured you’ll be getting a large helping of one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of modern times.

Sunday March 18:

What a brilliantly appropriate day for hosting a talk with Richard Dawkins - “Science in The Soul”. A world renowned evolutionary biologist and noted atheist, the early lunchtime event - 12.00 noon - should make a perfect amuse-bouche for those keen to flex their intellectual muscles.
By perfect contrast however will be Johnny Ball - Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical. Comedian, television presenter and father of Zoe Ball (Strictly’s ‘It Takes Two’ presenter) he’ll show how humanity has built up its understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns that has led directly to the development of the iPad and toaster.

Monday March 19:

For those who love visions of dystopian futures and the Terminator franchise Mike Wooldridge - “Artifical Intelligence” will be explaining the reality of artificial intelligence and what its implications are for all of us.
While Lucy Cooke - “The Unexpected Truth About Animals” will attempt to dispel the myths about animals and reveal some surprising scientific truths (for instance, penguins are one of the few animals to engage in prostitution…So now you know).
Cooke has presented prime time television shows on the BBC, ITV and National Geographic.

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

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