Imagination unbound

‘Unbound’ has all sorts of nuances and  can lead the imagination off in all sorts of directions – which is of course partly why we put it into our theme for the year! Our fourth strand looks at taking the book out of its pages and putting it into other media – plays, films, exhibitions, … Continue reading

New Perspectives in Oxford: Two writers join the blog!

If you follow our Facebook and Twitter page, you’ll have noticed the updates about this blog getting new writers! Oxford Inspires, the cultural organisation behind the bid, has hired two new interns to work on the blog and make it way better than what I was doing alone. We met last week to discuss practicalities and … Continue reading

Blog Update and News

This is embarrassing. I’m sure if you follow this blog at all or follow it on Facebook or Twitter, you noticed the complete lack of noise over the past two weeks. I’ve been a bit busy, to say the least, and with a trip to Paris and a lot of things happening with The Society … Continue reading

The Inklings of Oxford

Just a short video about some pretty-famous authors writing in Oxford…

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

The Espresso Book Machine

There was a rumour just last year that the Espresso Book Machine (currently located in London’s Blackwell Bookstore) would be making a move to Oxford. That’s yet to happen, but I’m still holding out hope. The Espresso is a really fascinating all-in-one book printing machine which prints, collates and binds any book within minutes. It’s … Continue reading

Which way from here?

  Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?   The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to   Alice: I don’t much care where.   The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.   Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.   The Cat: Oh, … Continue reading

The History of English in 10 Minutes

Presenting condensed history works well on so many levels. It’s interesting, it helps you retain knowledge and it’s just plain entertaining in most cases. As long as the facts are right and it’s done well, people of all ages tend to listen – and why not? Doesn’t everyone want more impressive dinnertime conversation? Well, I … Continue reading

Jan Švankmajer and the Magic of Film

I had the immense pleasure of attending a film screening last night of ‘Alice‘ by Jan Švankmajer in the sparse basement of Modern Art Oxford. To be honest, I had never heard of this director/artist before, but I’ve been waiting all night to be able to wake up and share him with you. Švankmajer is … Continue reading

The Original Rabbit Hole

Everyone knows Alice in Wonderland‘s connection with Oxford stems from it’s author Lewis Carroll. Significant inspiration for Alice abounds in Oxford from Christ Church to Alice’s Shop, the Thames and even Oxford University Press where the original printing plate of the mouse’s tail is kept. Also, Alice’s Day is coming up! July 9 in Oxfordshire … Continue reading

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