Writers in Oxford January - April events

Location: Oxford
Address: See programme details below
Event time: Various dates
A programme of events across Oxford organised by Writers in Oxford




Event details

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.


Burns Night
Friday 25 January, 6pm
98 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BU

Jane Cammack is hosting a traditional Burns Night including haggis, neaps and tatties, piping by Writers in Oxford member David Wilkinson and recital of Burns poetry.

£10 each. Acceptance beforehand is essential - email Jane Cammack.


Ashmolean Lecture
Saturday 26 January, 11am - 12pm.
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Wood and Ink: A Thousand-Year Legend
Master Wei Lizhong, woodblock printer from the Shizhuzhai Woodblock Printing Studio

Chinese woodblock painting has a thousand-year history and is an important part of the cultural heritage of China. Find out about the history, arts and techniques of woodblock painting of Shizhuzhai, revived by Master Wei.

Buy tickets from the Ashmolean and meet for coffee in the upstairs café afterwards.

Everything You Wanted to Ask about Self-Publishing
Led by Writers in Oxford member Debrah Martin
Thursday 21 February, 7pm for 7.30pm
Upstairs at St Aldates Tavern, OX1 1BU

Many members have tried cutting out the traditional publisher to reap all their profits for themselves. But what are the pitfalls and what are the tricks of this new trade? Come and share the methods and manoeuvres that can help you become a successful Authorpreneur.

Writers in Oxford members free; guests £5. Email Brenda Stones to book a place.


Carcanet Lecture - Recalibrating the Classics
Wednesday 27 February, 5.30-7pm 
Mawby Room, Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN

Michael Schmidt of Carcanet Press discusses comparative approaches to translating ancient texts, and introduces Jenny Lewis’s new version of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh Retold. How can one poem speak in such different voices and elicit such different responses?

No need to book; refreshments from 5pm.


Liz Woolley Walk
Nuffield College’s ‘Island Site’

Saturday 9 March, 2-3.30pm
Meet at 2pm outside Said Business School

The area bordered by Hythe Bridge Street, Park End Street, the Worcester Street car park and Frideswide Square was acquired in 2015 by Nuffield College on a 220-year lease from Christ Church. Find out the fascinating history of this small urban area!

Writers in Oxford members free; guests £5. Email Brenda Stones to book a place.


Making Crime Pay - Mick Herron in conversation with Peter Tickler
Wednesday 13 March, 7pm for 7.30pm
Wadham Room, King’s Arms, Broad St, OX1 3SP

Local author Mick Herron has a stellar reputation as a crime writer: winner of numerous awards, and frequently chosen as crime writer of the year, decade or all time!
‘Mick Herron is the greatest comic writer of spy fiction in the English language, and possibly all crime fiction … He may make us laugh on every page, but he also makes us think.’ Times.
Come and hear him talk about his writing.

Writers in Oxford members free; guests £5. Email 
Brenda Stones to book a place.


Author Talk - Juliet Heslewood on Van Gogh: A Life in Places
Thursday 4 April, 7pm
Oxford County Library, Queen Street, OX1 1DJ

Van Gogh moved from place to place as he pursued several professional activities, from his native Holland to Paris, London, Antwerp and Provence. This talk introduces Juliet Heslewood’s new book which examines his travels and the development of his unique artistic achievements, and coincides with the Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain from 27 March.

Free to all. Just turn up, or reserve on Oxford Library Eventbrite site.


Bluebell Woods
Saturday 20 April, 11am

We hope that the bluebells in Wytham Woods will be ready by this date. Meet in the car park of the White Hart in Wytham, and we’ll take a circular walk in the hope of clouds of blue! Followed by pub refreshments for those who wish.

Email Brenda Stones if you'd like to join.


Social Evening
Saturday 27 April, from 6pm
2 Manor Cottages, Elsfield OX3 9UH
Street parking available.

Cherry Mosteshar hosts an evening of wine, finger food and chat with friends old and new.

Writers in Oxford members free; guests £5. RSVP to Cherry Mosteshar.