Blackwell’s

One of Oxford’s greatest bookstores is undoubtedly Blackwell’s, whose name has long been synonymous with the city and its unrivalled academia. Whilst the chain now owns flagship shops in Cambridge, London Charing Cross Road and Edinburgh South Bridge, it was Oxford’s Broad Street in which Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his first ever store in January 1879. In those … Continue reading

Oxford World Book Capital 2014

Hello again Oxford World Bookers, sorry for such a long absence – holidays and work experience following that have meant no time whatsoever to devote to the blog – but I’m pleased to say I’m back again and ready to do some last-minute posts on why Oxford deserves to win before UNESCO’s decision in early … Continue reading

Bringing reading to life

It’s brilliant to see children meet their favourite author or illustrator: it creates such a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and of course they come up with some great questions!   You can immediately tell that it helps reading come alive for them. OUP children’s authors and illustrators are taking part in a series of events as part of the … Continue reading

Reading in the rain

It’s been great to be involved in Oxford’s World Book Capital bid on behalf of Oxford University Press–exciting to see the bid gradually come together. So I really enjoyed taking part in the book giveaway in Oxford City Centre last week (even though it was raining) to celebrate the submission of Oxford’s bid to be … Continue reading

The Oxford Poetry Walk – Oxford Playhouse

Pick up a MP3 Player, headphones and a map and take part in Oxford Playhouse’s Peotry Walk around Oxford. It is a chance to explore Oxford’s rich history and also the places that inspired local poets. For more info:http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/show/?eventid=2621  

Associates at MINI Plant Oxford help celebrate Oxford’s bid and World Book Night!

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

Want something a little different to do this weekend? Already missing the bookish buzz of the Oxford Literary Festival and disheartened at the thought of waiting a whole year to indulge your inner bookworm once again? Well fear not for this weekend, from today until Sunday, it’s the Chipping Norton Literary Festival and this year … Continue reading

The Society of Young Publishers

Another testament to England’s South East as a major centre for books and literature is this fantastic organisation, which supports people looking to succeed in the competitive world of publishing. Whilst its largest branch is in London, the Oxford division is hot on its heels due to being both a major centre for publishing and … Continue reading

Christ Church

Well, that’s it; after ten days of world-class speakers, Michelin-starred banquets and endless exciting literary debuts to mark the start of summer, the Oxford Literary Festival has finally closed its doors for another year. Some of the city’s most famous landmarks played host to over 300 authors and public figures, with most days blessed with … Continue reading

The Oxford Literary Festival

There’s nothing quite like the annual ‘Oxford Literary Festival’ to demonstrate just how important the city really is within the literary world and, now in its 16th year, the event attracts more world-class speakers than ever before and ranks within the top five literary festivals in the world. The event this year runs from the … Continue reading

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