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

Did you know that…

Oxford is a literary city through and through – nobody could ever doubt that. But did you know that… … Oxford is the city with the most published authors per square mile? … Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is the 3rd bestselling novel in the world with over 150 million copies sold; The Hobbit … Continue reading

Tolkien Illustrated

It is a fact that all our best-loved classics are published countless times, in countless editions; the magical tales that have captured readers for generations bound in decades of design. In this respect, J R Tolkien is no exception; The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings especially have featured numerous variations, both in cover … Continue reading

Celebrating Author ‘Days’

Blackwell’s blog, Broad Conversation, recently published a piece challenging readers to consider which authors should have their own days. The Blackwell’s Twitter feed got a few suggestions: Spike Milligan, Dan Holloway, Murukami, John Keats. Of course, there are already some author celebrations in existence. As Blackwell’s pointed out, there’s ‘Alice’s Day on 4th July, November 12th is Carl … Continue reading

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