Oxford Gastronomica at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

Wednesday, 06 April 2011


Oxford Gastronomica, the Centre for Food, Drink and Culture at Oxford Brookes is mounting a series of events as part of the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

Oxford Gastronomica, the Centre for Food, Drink and Culture at Oxford Brookes is mounting a series of events as part of the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

Donald Sloan, Chair of Oxford Gastronomica, is in conversation with Prue Leith, one of the UK's most admired food writers on Thursday 7 April (4.00pm). Prue Leith is a renowned columnist for numerous daily newspapers and is known for her work as a TV presenter, including the Great British Menu.

The power of food writers to bring non-indigenous cuisines into the mainstream is the subject of a discussion on Friday 8 April (10.00am). Actress, TV presenter and world's foremost writer on Indian cooking, Madhur Jaffrey is in conversation with Jessica Harris, author of twelve books documenting the food and foodways of the African Diaspora and holder of the Ray Charles Chair in Material Culture at Dillard University, New Orleans.

British Beer will be celebrated with a tasting and talk on Friday 8 April (12 noon),

with three passionate advocates of quality British beers; successful author and broadcaster Charles Campion, beer-writer, broadcaster and consultant Pete Brown and Executive Chairman of Wells and Young's Brewery, Paul Wells.

World renowned writer and expert on Asian Cuisine Ken Hom is in conversation with Donald Sloan on Sunday 10 April (4.00pm) Ken Hom has written 22 best-selling books on Asian cuisine and will discuss his latest, Ken Hom – Complete Chinese Cookbook, which was published in January this year.

For details of these events including venues at Christ Church, Oxford, and to book tickets visit www.oxfordliteraryfestival.com or tel: 0870 343 1001

Oxford Brookes is a partner of the 2011 Sunday Time Oxford Literary Festival; Brookes has been involved on several fronts.

Fellows from the MA Creative Writing course provided a panel discussion on the construction of 'voice' in fiction and poetry on 2 April. Philip Pullman, celebrated author of His Dark Materials. Patience Agbabi who was named by the Poetry Society as one of their 'Next Generation' poets and Kate Clanchy, winner of the BBC National Short Story Award in 2009, talked to Brookes Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and acclaimed novelist James Hawes. It was attended by over 200 people.

Angus Phillips, Director of the School of Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Brookes chaired a panel discussion on books and the future of publishing with Literary Agent Felicity Bryan, journalist Cathy Galvin and Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Marcus du Sautoy. Questions addressed included: 'will the ebook take the place of the printed book? And 'how is the publishing industry changing and is it reacting fast enough in response to changes in technology and the demands of authors and readers?'