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

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  

Poem of the Week

The One Who Writes by Nikola Madzirov You write. About the things that already exist. And they say you fantasize. You keep quiet. Like the sunken nets of poachers. Like an angel who knows what the night may bring. And you travel. You forget, so that you can come back. You write and you don’t … Continue reading

Poem of the Week

The Poem of the Week is back, reposted from the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. From Smoke by Marosa di Giorgio, translated by Susan Briante In order to revive the orange age, you must assemble all of the witnesses, all those who suffered, those who laughed and even the youngest and those who were furthest away. You must rekindle … Continue reading

Poem of the Week

River is the Plural of Rain by Rebecca Gethin Each of us is water    Carole Satyamurti From a mouth of soil among sedge and willow water calls out on its journey to all its other selves: follow follow us from the shallows into the deep. Below the surface currents strain their sinews spilling white foam … Continue reading

Poem of the Week

The Poem of the Week is back, reposted from the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. Mosquito by Alan Brownjohn Fancy this in October, the last Mosquito of summer left buzzing alone, Its last fling in my room on the sixth floor Of a tower block hotel; marooned like one In the seventh decade with only the past To look … Continue reading

Events: This week and in the future

Ten long days of silence from me… it’s a busy time at work and there’s some great events happening all over Oxford which have kept me away from my desk and out in the world instead. Here’s some more that are coming up: Strengthening Your Digital Strategy: Case Studies in Social Media, Wednesday, 28 September, … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 2

If you missed the start of the 30 Day Book Challenge, here’s Day 1. Since writing that blog, I’ve found a few other versions of the Book Challenge (so I’m not as clever as I thought!) and I may be using them for inspiration. However, they all vary without standardisation, so we’ll just keep playing … Continue reading

All the World’s A Stage (Day 2)

Day 2 of All the World’s A Stage sees Shakespeare taking us round Stratford-upon-Avon for another experience in literary history. If you missed Day 1, click here. Stop 10: Nash’s House and the Dig Shakespeare exhibition. Do I dig Shakespeare? I certainly do! This site is really important for Shakespeare enthusiasts as right next to … Continue reading

All the World’s A Stage (Day 1)

Last weekend I ventured forth from Oxford to Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time. I’ve lived in Oxford for two years now and I just made it the 1.5 hours to the picturesque town of Shakespeare’s birth. What a shame! If I’d known £5 tickets were available for those between 16 and 25 at the Royal … Continue reading

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