Oxford Brookes serves up literary feast

Thursday, 14 March 2013


Oxford Brookes University has again lined up a rich series of events for the annual Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival taking place in March.

The Festival runs between Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 24. Oxford Gastronomica, the Oxford School of Hospitality Management’s Centre for food and cultural studies, and the Department of English and Modern Languages, with support from the School of Architecture, have come up with a fascinating programme of events and speakers.

Authors and speakers at Oxford Brookes events include Madhur Jaffrey, the Nearly Naked Chef Hardeep Singh Kohli, cultural commentator, broadcaster and architecture critic Jonathan Meades, writers Iain Sinclair and Meg Rosoff and Oxford City Poet Kate Clanchy.

There will also be a talk by chef Atul Kochhar to coincide with the first award of the £7,500 Jeremy Mogford Food and Drink Literary Prize at Gees Restaurant.

All the Oxford Brookes events are listed below:

Monday 18 March

Fred Plotkin: Italy for the Gourmet Traveller, 4pm, Divinity Schools

Tuesday 19 March

Jonathan Meades: Museum Without Walls, 10am, Corpus Christi College

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Jessica Harris: Food, Memory and Identity, 10am, Convocation House

Iain Sinclair on the Olympics - Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project, 12pm, Convocation House

Fred Plotkin: Food and Opera (including performances by singers from the Royal Opera, Covent Garden), 12pm, Divinity Schools

Carlo Petrini: Go Slow with Carlo Petrini, 2pm, Sheldonian Theatre

Atul Kochhar in conversation with Donald Sloan, 4pm, The Old Bank Hotel

Madhur Jaffrey and Hardeep Singh Kohli: Culinary Journeys, 5pm, Sheldonian Theatre

Wednesday 20 March

Kate Clanchy: Poets of the City, 10am, Christ Church: Blue Boar

Friday 22 March

Students of Oxford Academy and of Oxford Brookes MA Creative Writing: Our Words, 2pm, Christ Church Hall

Saturday 23 March

Meg Rosoff – Voice: How to Figure Out What You Should Be Writing About, 10am, Christ Church: Blue Boar

AdamMichnik: Pitfalls on the Road to Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe(Havel, Geremek, Chodorkowski), 5pm, Sheldonian Theatre

Rhiannon Lassiter, marketing manager in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, is also taking part in the festival as a speaker. Rhiannon’s session, entitled: ‘Are you young enough to be published?’ sees her join up with two other young women writers. All three had works published in their teens. That event takes place at 4pm on Saturday 23 March at Christ Church in Festival Room 2.