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

9 March 2017
Rosalind Rickaby awarded the Lyell Medal

Rosalind Rickaby, Professor of Biogeochemistry, is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Lyell Medal, given by the Geological Society of London....

8 March 2017
International Women's Day

Professor Dame Hermione Lee joins a team of leading female academics and the Oxford Belles in delivering some fun(damental) advice for women...

13 February 2017
Professor Glen Dudbridge: a tribute

The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Emeritus Fellow Professor Glen Dudbridge.

Our upcoming events

Family Friendly
06 - 07
Apr May
Science event for children
Thursday 6 April - 6:00am to Sunday 7 May - 6:00am

Selma Dunbar would like to invite Wolfsonian children to  participate in a research project aimed at helping to improve science education in schools. The project is supported by the Institute of Education, University College London and is designed to provide information on the key abilities that influence science learning during the  primary school years.

Clubs & Societies
08 - 08
Apr Apr
Entz: Wolfson Whiskey Society - Islay Tasting
Saturday 8 April -
8:00pm to 11:00pm

The Wolfson Whiskey Society is hosting an Islay Tasting on Saturday 8th of April at 8 pm in the Buttery.

For this Special Event, we will be serving an extraordinary selection of the Highest Rated Whiskies our distributor has to offer:

*Caol Ila
*Laphroaig Lore
*Ardbeg Uigeadail
*Port Charlotte
And several other highly rated Islays.

The whiskeys will be presented by an (almost) professional expert: Jackie Ang.

Courses and Workshops
10 - 26
Apr Jun
Adaptation Practice and Zen
Monday 10 April - 7:00pm to Monday 26 June - 7:30pm

Discover everything you want to know about yourself and how you feel (and a few things you might rather not know) and what to do about it.

These classes introduce basic training in coping with emotion - how we feel and how our feelings affect us. They are pragmatic, down to earth, full of common sense, simple and yet at times challenging.