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Festival celebrates women novelists

Festival celebrates women novelists

Elif ShafakThis year’s festival marks a glorious celebration of some of today’s most extraordinary (and popular) female novelists, writes Lucy Atkins.

The talented authors coming to Oxford include literary giant Hilary Mantel (1 April) and bestselling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak (31 March), pictured right.

We also have the beloved Victoria Hislop, who will open up about her latest book, Cartes Postales from Greece (31 March), and Louise Doughty, talking about both her new novel, Black Water, and her previous psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard, a recent gripping – and controversial – BBC Sunday night drama (2 April).

Sarah PerryHistorical novelist Sarah Perry, pictured left, will discuss her brilliant work The Essex Serpent, which beat Harry Potter to become Waterstones’ book of the year (29 March), and Joanna Cannon will tell us what it’s like to pen a bestselling debut after her captivating The Trouble with Goats and Sheep became a runaway success (25 March).

Elsewhere, we have the famous We Need to Talk about Kevin author, Lionel Shriver; a ‘live show’ from acclaimed Chocolat author Joanne Harris; and Naomi Alderman discussing her stunning feminist dystopian novel, The Power

This year’s festival is probably the best ever for fiction lovers. Tickets for these events are on sale now – and they’re going fast.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer