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Oxford Debate: You Ask The Questions

Grace Blakeley, Liam Fox, Hardeep Matharu and Peter Oborne Chaired by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Sunday, 17 March 2024

4:00pm

1 hour 15 minutes

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £15

Join our panel of leading political and media figures for some lively debate on the hot topics of the hour under the watchful eye of journalist and commentator Yasmin Alibhai Brown. Ticketholders will be invited to email questions shortly before the event, and we’ll pick a representative range of the best for members of the audience to ask on the day.

Grace Blakeley is a staff writer at Tribune Magazine and author of books including Vulture Capitalism: Corporate Crimes, Backdoor Bailouts and the Death of Freedom. She is former economics commentator for the New Statesman and a former research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Blakeley appears frequently in the media, including on BBC Question Time, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, and Talk TV’s Piers Morgan Uncensored.

Sir Liam Fox MP is a British politician who served as secretary of state for international trade from 2016 to 2019 and secretary of state for defence from 2010 to 2011. A member of the Conservative Party, Fox has served as the Member of Parliament for North Somerset since 1992. His latest book is Rising Tides, Facing the Challenges of a New Era.

Hardeep Matharu is a London-based journalist and writer. She is the Editor of Byline Times, the independent investigative news site and print newspaper covering ‘what the papers don’t say’. Her work focuses on the forces that shape us: identity, politics, and the media. Hardeep has more than a decade’s worth of experience working across regional, national, and independent media.

Peter Oborne is a former political commentator of the Spectator, the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. He now writes about politics for Middle East Eye. He is the author of books including The Triumph of the Political Class, The Rise of Political Lying, and The Assault on Truth: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Emergence of a New Moral Barbarism.

Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist and author who has written extensively on issues of diversity and social justice. Her books include In Defence of Political Correctness, Refusing The Veil and Exotic England: The Making of A Curious Nation.

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The Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

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