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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.

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 Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar 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 Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen 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 Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar 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 Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd