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2022 festival line-up features Richard Dawkins, Zadie Smith, Joanna Lumley, Delia Smith, Donna Leon

Festival launches 2022 line-up

Oxford Literary Festival returns this spring for its 25th anniversary event with a line-up that features a host of names from literature, the arts, science and lifestyle, including actresses Joanna Lumley and Maureen Lipman, scientists Richard Dawkins and Martin Rees, novelists Zadie Smith and Donna Leon, and cookery legend Delia Smith.

Lumley talks about the true meaning of ‘compassion’, her love of animals and the natural world, and about her animal welfare campaigning, while Lipman features with jazz singer Norma Winstone, pianist Christian Garrick and poet Jeremy Robson in a celebratory evening of readings, music and poetry to mark the 25th Oxford Literary Festival.

Delia Smith  talks about her life and career in cookery and about a new book in which she encourages us to think more deeply about our existence

Dawkins talks about his new book, Flights of Fancy, and Rees, the Astronomer Royal, about the future prospects for humanity. Other scientists appearing include well known broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili on the joy of science, and public health expert Muir Gray. 

Novelists appearing this year include Zadie Smith, who receives the prestigious Bodley Medal, Penelope Lively, Freya North, Wendy Holden, Howard Jacobson, and crimewriters Donna Leon, Val McDermid and Charlie Higson, whose event launches a new festival crime fiction programme.   

Philosopher A C Grayling talks about how to get humanity to agree on a set of values, and the world of politics is represented by former Labour leader Ed Miliband on bold solutions to fix our world, former foreign secretary David Owen on British-Russian relations, and anti apartheid campaigner Peter Hain on his memoirs.

Geographer and BBC Coast presenter Nicholas Crane talks about the ten-year quest to find the length of one degree of latitude, leading US sociologist Chris Bail discusses the polarising effect of social media, and economist Mariana Mazzucato argues that government needs to create a sense of public purpose to meet the big challenges of the age.

Meanwhile, this year’s Oxford debates are headed by a discussion on ‘toppling statues and fallen idols’.
                                                 

Jacqueline Wilson, Katherine Rundell and Lemony Snicket lined up for family events

Events for children, young people and families include former children’s laureate and Tracy Beaker creator Jacqueline Wilson and award-winnng children’s writer Katherine Rundell.

International bestseller Lemony Snicket makes a first appearance at the festival with A Series of Unfortunate Events,  and there are also appearances by broadcaster and dinosaur expert Ben Garrod, and Fantastically Great Women author Kate Pankhurst.

The world of Harry Potter will once again be celebrated with a special event in the Sheldonian Theatre to mark 25 years of the Harry Potter books. 
 
Tickets are on sale on this website or by telephoning the box office at 0333 666 3366 (a booking fee of £1.80 applies to purchases made through the telephone box office).

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 Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme International Literary Properties Festival green room sponsor 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 Pasture to Plate

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 Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme International Literary Properties Festival green room sponsor 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 Pasture to Plate