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FT Weekend is festival’s new title partner

Events on sale for 2014 include Booker winner Eleanor Catton

Oxford Literary Festival is delighted to announce that the FT Weekend is to be the title partner of this year’s event.

Eleanor CattonThe festival, now in its 18th year, will be known as FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival. Among the big names confirmed for this year already are 2013 Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton, pictured right, thriller writer Robert Harris and creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Alexander McCall-Smith.

Other big names confirmed are the philosopher A C Grayling, former minister Jonathan Aitken, Born Free actress Virginia McKenna and children and young adult writers Lauren Child, Robert Muchamore and Sophie McKenzie.

This year’s festival takes place between Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 30. Tickets are now available online through this website. A new booking system is in development that will allow the festival to operate as a ‘ticketless’ event. A walk-in box office and telephone booking will open in early January.

The 2014 festival will also see the return of a marquee, situated in a new location next to the Sheldonian Theatre. The marquee is sponsored by Blackwell’s Bookshop and will contain the festival bookshop, a cafe and the festival box office.

Festival director Sally Dunsmore said: “The festival has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. Over 150 events are already confirmed for 2014, including award-winning writers, some of the nation’s favourite authors, leading politicians, historians and journalists.

“The festival’s existing partners – the University of Oxford, the BBC and HSBC – are joined by another great world-class brand. The FT is one of the world’s most distinguished and authoritative newspapers, and the new partnership with FT Weekend will enable us to extend our reach and introduce our programme to new audiences, both in the UK and around the world.”

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 Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Carole and John Allen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine European Commission T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets 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 Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Foodbuy 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 Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd

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 Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Carole and John Allen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine European Commission T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets 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 Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Foodbuy 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 Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd