March 2021: Festival update

Update for 2020 ticketholders on credits and future events

Dear festival friend I cannot thank you enough for your continuing patience and understanding following the postponement of the 2020 Oxford Literary Festival. In particular, the generous response of all those who donated their 2020 ticket prices was deeply appreciated. I am writing to update you on the situation for future events and how that affects you as a 2020 ticketholder. I am pleased to say that, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, partners, and donors, we are planning to return in October this year for a series of events that will lead up to a new festival between Friday March 25 and Sunday April 3, 2022. I hope that those of you who have applied for credits will use them to attend events in the autumn and next spring. We remain open to applications for credit from 2020 ticketholders. Please kindly see the information below updating on events and explaining how you can claim a credit or donate your tickets to the festival. We expect to post future events on our website in September. You can sign up here to receive email alerts about future festival events if you are not already signed up. With best wishes Sally Dunsmore Festival director Donations We have been overwhelmed by your messages of support and offers to donate tickets. We are extremely grateful for your support, which will help to keep the festival alive. You can still donate your ticket by simply allowing it to lapse. Your support means a great deal to the festival, and we thank you in advance. Using and applying for credits Many of you have applied for credits, and we hope you will use them to attend events in the autumn and at future festivals. The pandemic has impacted us longer than we originally expected. For that reason, we will extend the validity of all credits a further year until September 2024. You will be able to use them at the next three festivals. Applications for credits will remain open for the foreseeable future. If you would like a credit for future events, please send an email to and specify:
  • the amount you are claiming in credit
  • the relevant booking references on your 2020 tickets Future events Most of the future events will be new events. The passage of time means we are unlikely to reschedule many 2020 events. We have, however, managed to reschedule the Chris Packham, Alexander McCall Smith and Iain McGregor events. Tickets held for those events remain valid, and we will inform ticketholders of the new dates shortly. Refunds The festival’s difficult financial position has not changed since March 2020. Regrettably, we have no option to refund customers. The festival can only offer credits for future events. The only other choice for the festival, as a small registered charity, would be to go into administration.
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    The Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

    The Telegraph Festival media partner University of Oxford Netflix European Union Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the UK Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme BBC World Service International radio partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Oxford Mathematics Spanish Embassy The Spanish Embassy: supporters of the programme of Spanish literature and culture Cervantes Institute, London The Cervantes Institute, London Italian Embassy The Italian Embassy: supporter of the programme of Italian literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner International Literary Properties Festival literary heritage partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Festival hotel Old Bank Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Old Parsonage Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Jim Mellon John Roberts Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture Tim and Marion Stevenson Martin and Elise Becket Smith Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Carole and John Allen David Isaac Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Anna Hunter Rhys and Kerry Phillip Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival. Founded 1314 New College New College founded 1379 Worcester College Worcester College founded 1714 Lincoln College Lincoln College founded 1427 St Cross College St Cross College founded 1965 Trinity College Trinity College founded 1555 Magdalen College Magdalen College founded 1458 Critchleys Accountants to the festival Pasture to Plate Compassion in World Farming Human Ecology Project MACROVegan Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner. Celebrating 25 years in Europe in 2024 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Sponsor of the EBRD Literature Prize since 2018 ROOMS Georgia's leading lifestyle hotel brand since 2012. Supporters of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Jewish Book Week Partner of Oxford Literary Festival Foodbuy Thje Menu Partners Institute of Hospitality Goldmoney Properties Project People Oxford Brookes University Oxford International Centre for Publishing Confucius Institute Pusey House British Academy Festival academic partner Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford United Football Club Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Paul Bloomfield Ltd University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Conference Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates CAV Oxford The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Images Oxford University Images Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Oxford Georgian Translation Project Supporter of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Force4Good Consultancy Corporate communications OX magazine Ox in a Box K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography The Litmus Partnership Schoolreaders Windrush Group James Currey Society