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BBC news presenter John Humphrys,  adventurer Levison Wood and broadcaster Dermot O’Leary confirmed

BBC news presenter John Humphrys, adventurer Levison Wood and bro

Former BBC news presenter John Humphrys is among a set of major new speakers added to the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival programme. They also include adventurer Levison Wood, broadcaster Dermot O’Leary, and screen actress Greta Scacchi. 

Humphrys will talk about his 30 years as one of the leading voices on BBC news and about his views on the state and the fate of the broadcasting corporation.

O’Leary and illustrator Nick East talk about their children’s book series featuring Toto the Ninja Cat. Scacchi, best known for roles in films such as White Mischief, Presumed Innocent, The Player, Emma and Looking for Albrandi, talks about her life and career.

Wood returns to the festival to talk about his latest book and television series that sees him following elephants on foot across Africa during their annual migration.

Irish novelist Edna O’Brien headlines a series of speakers interviewed in a BBC World Service broadcast from the festival.

Social historian and television presenter Ruth Goodman explains how the coal-fired range changed our world.

A special chocolate tasting features Chocolat author Joanne Harris and chocolatier David Greenwood-Haigh.

Speakers previously announced include BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham; Wild Swans author Jung Chang; novelists Sebastian Barry, Donna Leon, Alexander McCall Smith, Penelope Lively, Maggie O’Farrell and Pat Barker; philosopher A C Grayling;  former President of the UK Supreme Court Brenda Hale and constitutional expert Vernon Bogdanor; former chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks; actor Trevor Eve; cricket commentator Henry Blofeld; Labour MP David Lammy; cookery writer Prue Leith; scientists Jim Al-Khallili and Steve Jones; religious commentator Karen Armstrong; and historians Lucy Worsley, Michael Wood, Tom Holland and
James Barr.

The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title 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 Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland The Nwelue Trust Abibiman Publishing Flip through Flanders

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title 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 Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland The Nwelue Trust Abibiman Publishing Flip through Flanders