Publishers in Oxford

It is easy to see why Oxford is the second largest hotspot for publishers after London: only an hour away from the capital, with a literary and academic background that is hard to rival, the city has countless publishers of all kinds, perhaps the most renowned being that of its famous university ‘Oxford University Press’ … Continue reading

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

Eagle and Child and The Inklings

As a city with such a rich literary history, it is inevitable that there are countless places dotted around Oxford which boast a bookish background, some of which may not be so obvious. One of the best examples of this is the Eagle and Child pub on St Giles, meeting place for the infamous Inklings … Continue reading

Jude the Obscure

Set in Christminster, a fictional town modelled on Oxford, Thomas Hardy’s ‘Jude the Obscure’ is yet another classic that takes the city of dreaming spires as its inspiration. Widely considered one of the most depressing, the novel intertwines suicide, murder and the severe consequences of religious constrictions and was publicly burned in its time for … 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

Book Fact

Read that the origin of the English word for book comes from Danish. In Danish the word for book is  bog meaning birch tree, as the early people of Denmark wrote on birch bark. In Latin, the word for book, liber, comes from the Romans who used the thin layer found between the bark and the wood (the liber) before the … Continue reading

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