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Novelist David Lodge to talk about his new memoir

Comic Tony Hawks and sci-fi writer Diana Gabaldon join programme

David LodgeAward-winning novelist, playwright and literary critic David Lodge, pictured right, is to look back at his life and the early formative influences that turned him into the writer he is today in a major new event added to the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival line-up.

There are now more than 130 events available to book through this website. Tickets are already selling well, with the US author of the Outlander sci-fi adventure-romance novels Diana Gabaldon set to be one of the biggest draws of 2015.

The television comic and bestselling author of Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks, has also confirmed his event on his latest hilarious book, Once Upon a Time in the West . . . Country.

In the children’s and young people programme, there are confirmed appearances by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Cressida Cowell and Lauren Child, and veteran author Judith Kerr.

Celia ImrieEvents previously announced include actress Celia Imrie, pictured left, Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, multi-award-winning Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh, former Downing Street adviser to Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell, television and radio personalities Paul Heiney and Anita Anand, Nobel-prize-winning scientist Eric Kandel, and children’s authors Philip Pullman, and Liz Pichon.

These events and more are available to book through this website. Many more speakers and events will be added as times and venues are confirmed over the next few weeks. A walk-in and telephone box office will open in Blackwell’s bookshop on Monday, January 19.

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