Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

Welcome to the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW). We are a research centre based at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford, designed to support those who write auto/biography and those who undertake research on different forms of life narratives.

OCLW was formally established in October 2010, with funding from the Dorset Foundation. Since its creation, we’ve built up a busy schedule of events (including talks and lectures, ‘in conversations’, seminars, workshops, conferences and symposia, and concerts. We hope that you can join us for one of our many events.


Keep up with what’s happening

Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series
18 October 2016
From Visions of Utopia to Lipstick on the Gorilla

The Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series kicks off this week with Dark Satanic Towns. The first of five lectures over this academic...

Jon Stallworthy
4 October 2016
Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2017

Wolfson College, together with the English Faculty at Oxford, are delighted to announce the second round of the Jon Stallworthy poetry prize in...

Brock accepts award. Credit: British Academy
28 September 2016
British Academy award for Dr Sebastian Brock

On 27 September, Dr Sebastian Brock FBA was recognised by the British Academy for his extensive contribution to the study of Syriac language and...

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
20 - 20
Oct Oct
Dark Satanic Towns
Thursday 20 October -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Decorative icing on builders’ boxes (aka “the lipstick on the gorilla”), or servant to people’s practical needs, the manifestation of artistic urges, or art, craft, or technology – what is architecture? However else it’s defined, architecture is above all a product of social, political, and economic forces.

Parties and Dinners
20 - 20
Oct Oct
Guest Night Dinner
Thursday 20 October -
7:00pm to 9:30pm

Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during term time. Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm. They are open to all members of College and Common Room, and provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertain guests. 

Parties and Dinners
21 - 21
Oct Oct
Formal Hall
Friday 21 October -
7:00pm to 9:30pm

Formal Hall takes place twice a term. Drinks are at 7.00 pm, with dinner at 7.30 pm. These dinners are open to all members of College and Common Room and their guests. Please note that there is NO Informal Supper on the nights of Formal Hall.