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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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The Telegraph Festival media partner University of Oxford Netflix European Union Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the UK Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme BBC World Service International radio partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Oxford Mathematics Spanish Embassy The Spanish Embassy: supporters of the programme of Spanish literature and culture Cervantes Institute, London The Cervantes Institute, London Italian Embassy The Italian Embassy: supporter of the programme of Italian literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner International Literary Properties Festival literary heritage partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Festival hotel Old Bank Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Old Parsonage Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Jim Mellon John Roberts Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture Tim and Marion Stevenson Martin and Elise Becket Smith Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Carole and John Allen David Isaac Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Anna Hunter Rhys and Kerry Phillip Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival. Founded 1314 New College New College founded 1379 Worcester College Worcester College founded 1714 Lincoln College Lincoln College founded 1427 St Cross College St Cross College founded 1965 Trinity College Trinity College founded 1555 Magdalen College Magdalen College founded 1458 Critchleys Accountants to the festival Pasture to Plate Compassion in World Farming Human Ecology Project MACROVegan Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner. Celebrating 25 years in Europe in 2024 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Sponsor of the EBRD Literature Prize since 2018 ROOMS Georgia's leading lifestyle hotel brand since 2012. Supporters of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Jewish Book Week Partner of Oxford Literary Festival Foodbuy Thje Menu Partners Institute of Hospitality Goldmoney Properties Project People Oxford Brookes University Oxford International Centre for Publishing Confucius Institute Pusey House British Academy Festival academic partner Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford United Football Club Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Paul Bloomfield Ltd University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Conference Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates CAV Oxford The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Images Oxford University Images Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Oxford Georgian Translation Project Supporter of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Force4Good Consultancy Corporate communications OX magazine Ox in a Box K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography The Litmus Partnership Schoolreaders Windrush Group James Currey Society