Writers in Oxford run events at various locations throughout Oxford. SoA members are welcome to attend events and should RSVP using the contacts below.
More information on Writers in Oxford and how to join is available on their website.
Bill Heine Memorial
Thursday 29 August, 6pm
St Mary’s Church, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ
A celebration of the ebullient life of journalist, broadcaster and Writers in Oxford member Bill Heine. All friends are welcome!
Book launch: Philip Gooden, Bad Words
Thursday 5 September, 6-7pm
Oxford Central Library, Westgate, OX1 3LW
So what are today’s ‘bad words’ and how are they different from yesterday’s taboo expressions? This entertaining guide to the shifting sands of bad language is indispensable in an increasingly divided world in which abuse becomes ever more widespread and vituperative.
Free to all, but you must book via Eventbrite or register in the Library to make sure the event goes ahead.
Author talk: The Maths of Life and Death
Tuesday 24 September, 7pm
Waterstones, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AF
Bath lecturer Dr Kit Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the use of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice and the unwitting victims of software glitches.
Free; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashmolean lecture: Painters of Peasants
Friday 27 September, 1-2pm
Ashmolean, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 3SP
Artists have represented peasants for various different reasons, often for political comment. talk by Writers in Oxford member Juliet Heslewood looks at work featuring peasants through the ages, from Bruegel to Chagall.
Tickets from Ashmolean, £6-8; meet after in upstairs café
Friday 27 September, from 6pm
11 Rolfe Place, Harburton Mead, Oxford OX3 0DS (parking available)
Shen Roddie hosts an evening of wine, nibbles and chat for members and guests.
Writers in Oxford members free; guests £5. Please RSVP.
Poetry walk in Wytham Woods
led by Writer in Residence, Sarah Watkinson
Sunday 6 October, 11am to 2.30pm
Meet in the top car park for an hour’s ramble through the woods, followed by a picnic lunch in the refurbished Chalet. Over coffee and tea, Sarah will read from her poetry and discuss the inspiration of nature and science for poets.
Writers in Oxford members free; guests £5. Email to reserve a place.
Not the Booker Prize
Thursday 10 October, 7 for 7.30pm
King’s Arms, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 1TR
Just before the judging of the actual prize, a panel of Writers in Oxford members will put the case for each of the titles on the shortlist, and the audience have a chance to vote for their winner of the Oxford Booker prize. An evening of light-hearted fun for fiction fans!
Email if you would like to join the panel, or attend.
Balliol College Party with The Society of Authors
Friday 18 October, 6pm to 8pm
Balliol College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BJ
Join us for an evening of wine, canapés and good conversation. As usual it will be held in Balliol College’s elegant Common Room, with space for coats but not for parking!
Numbers limited! Members £10; guests £15
Book your ticket online.
Ashmolean tour: Last Supper in Pompeii
Thursday 7 November, 3.30 to 4.15pm
Ashmolean, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 3SP
If you haven’t yet made it to this well reviewed exhibition, do come on this free guided tour. From the exquisite mosaics and frescoes of wealthy villas to the remains found in kitchen drains, the exhibition shows what the Pompeiians loved to eat and drink. See over 400 rare objects from the moment when the volcano erupted.
Tour is free with the price of your exhibition entry. Meet after in upstairs café.
Quick Question Fair
Tuesday 12 November, 6-8pm
Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, OX2 6PN
Are you looking for fresh ideas or new skills to boost your writing, publishing or marketing? Routes to an agent, maybe? Questions about genre and style? Or tips on self-publishing? We’ve teamed up with the Centre for Creative Writing at Kellogg College for an informal panel session, giving you three minutes with each expert to ask your questions in a fun ‘speed-dating’ style session. Members who are emerging writers should find this a particularly useful event!
Email to reserve a place.
Tuesday 19 November, 5.30 to 6.30pm
Amersi Lecture Room, Brasenose College, OX1 4AJ
Rebecca Abrams, Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brasenose, will be in conversation with Dr Sos Eltis about the art and craft of writing.
Followed by a drinks reception. No need to register.
Saturday 7 December from 12.30pm
Café Rouge, 11 Little Clarendon St, OX1 2HP
We return to this convenient, spacious venue for an excellent three-course seasonal menu.
Writers in Oxford members £15; guests £20, with drinks supplied by Writers in Oxford. Email to book your place.