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Diana Quick

Poetry for Every Day of the Year

Allie Esiri, Natascha McElhone, Ronni Ancona, Mark Quartley and Diana Quick

Sunday, 27 March 2022

4:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£10

Bestselling poetry anthologist Allie Esiri returns to the festival with a highly entertaining event to celebrate her latest anthology, A Poet for Every Day of the Year. Esiri will be joined on stage by friends including Ronni Ancona, Natascha McElhone and Mark Quartley on a journey through the calendar year highlighting key moments and dates with poetry from some of the world’s greatest verse writers, read by these leading performers.

The book is bursting at the seams with familiar favourites and exciting new discoveries. Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti and Emily Bronte sit alongside Roger McGough, Wendy Cope, Imtiaz Dharker, Leonard Cohen, Sylvia Plath and Ocean Vuong. There’ll also be insightful introductions and discussion.  A superb introduction to the wonders of poetry for young people.

Described as a ‘poetry powerhouse’, Allie Esiri curates live poetry events and bestselling poetry anthologies that include A Poem for Every Day of the Year, A Poem for Every Night of the Year and Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year. Many well-known actors have joined her at the National Theatre and at major festivals including the Oxford Literary Festival to read poetry from the anthologies.

McElhone established herself as a leading actress when she left drama school to play the lead in her first film, Merchant Ivory’s Surviving Picasso, opposite Anthony Hopkins. She has also starred in The Truman Show, The Devil’s Own with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford, and Ronin with Robert De Niro. On television, she is probably best known for her role of Karen in seven series of the cult comedy drama Californication .

Ancona won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress and the prestigious Variety Club Award for her work on The Big Impression with Alistair McGowan. She also received a BAFTA for her performance in The Sketch Show. Her film credits include Surviving Christmas; Penelope; A Cock and Bull Story; Stella Street: The MovieStuffed; The Calcium Kid and The Debt Collector; The Trip to Italy; The Devil went down to Islington; and The Marriage of Reason & Squalor.She has appeared on many radio and television shows over the last few years including as a panellist on QI and as a host on Have I Got News for You.

Quartley is currently playing Henry VI at Stratford. His RSC appearances also include The Tempest, Maydays, Measure for Measure, and Written on the Heart. His television credits include the recent The Ipcress File.

Quick is best known for the role of Lady Julia Flyte in the television production of Brideshead Revisited.

For all ages (12+) and families

 

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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