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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival opens on Saturday

Speakers include James Naughtie, Robert Harris and Philip Pullman

James NaughtieThe nine-day FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival opens this Saturday with a host of headline speakers promising to make it one of the biggest and best events for years.

First on the stage at the Sheldonian Theatre on Saturday is James Naughtie of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, pictured left, talking about how his life as one of our top journalists influenced his debut novel, The Madness of July.

Thriller writer Robert Harris talks about his new novel, An Officer and a Spy, while Sunday sees a rare UK appearance by the bestselling US novelist Anita Shreve. Former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken also appears on Sunday to talk about Margaret Thatcher.

Topping the bill in this weekend’s children’s programme are Guardian journalist Lucy Mangan and Roald Dahl Funny Book prize winner Philip Ardagh with their Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem and Music.

Actress and cookery writer Madhur Jaffrey and ex-BBC journalist Mark Tully head Monday’s programme with a talk on the Magic of India while acclaimed travel writer Jan Morris receives the 2014 Honorary Fellowship of the Oxford Literary Festival at the Sheldonian on Tuesday.

Philip PullmanOn Wednesday, renowned novelist Philip Pullman, pictured right, discusses his life and musical loves, as members of the outstanding Orchestra of St John, conducted by John Lubbock, perform his favourite pieces.

Away from the Sheldonian Theatre, you can enjoy a ‘Lunch with the FT’ while hearing about some classic FT interviews from editor Lionel Barber and columnist Lucy Kellaway.

Visit your new festival marquee

A new festival marquee housing a box office, Blackwell’s festival bookshop, café, talks, book-signings, stalls and evening music will be located outside the Sheldonian Theatre. The marquee will provide a new social hub for the festival and is sure to be buzzing all nine days.

More than 30 events have already sold out and we advise festival-goers to book early to avoid disappointment or long queues in the marquee box office.

Book via this website or by visiting the festival box office in Blackwell’s, which remains open until Friday. Alternatively, call the box office on 0870 343 1001.

This year’s festival is a ‘ticketless’ event. You can book online up to two hours before each event and your booking will be recorded at the door. The festival box office will be open in the marquee next to the Sheldonian Theatre for bookings and for any last-minute purchases.

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