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

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

Oxford Fiction – A Round Up!

Oxford English Dictionary

With the bid decision drawing close, I thought a last post to round up some great Oxford fiction would be in order as I go on holiday tomorrow for a fortnight: when I return, there won’t be long left until the verdict so some supporting information about the city in general and why we deserve … Continue reading

Brideshead Revisited

Another Oxfordian classic which deals with class from a completely different perspective to Hardy’s ‘Jude the Obscure’ is Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited,’ whose upper-class protagonist, unlike Jude, did indeed have the opportunity to study at Oxford. Again weaving issues of class, marriage and religion, ‘Brideshead Revisited’ shares a further similarity with ‘Jude’ in its somewhat … 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

Government backs Oxford’s Bid to be UNESCO World Book Capital!

It was recently announced that Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP has confirmed the government’s backing for the bid – which is great news for us and will hopefully help to drum up some much-needed support. Mr Vaizey said: ‘It is entirely appropriate that a city with such long-standing connections with books, literacy and learning should … Continue reading

Biblioburro or The Library Donkey

Growing up with books and the magical stories within them may be something we take for granted but, for many children, this is not the case – especially in countries such as Columbia, a state that suffers from poverty and political instability and is particularly famous for its extensive drug trade. According to UNESCO, more … Continue reading

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