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.
We record many of our events, which you can listen to as podcasts via the website or blog.
Blog posts about OCLW events written by students and members can be accessed via the OCLW blog.
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing’s Research Fellow, Dr Kate Kennedy, is responsible for most aspects of its administration.
OCLW is committed to fostering research into life-writing through the establishment of postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Postgraduate Scholarships, Visiting Scholarships and Visiting Doctoral Studentships attached to OCLW.
Life-writing involves, and goes beyond, biography. It encompasses everything from the complete life to the day-in-the-life, from the fictional to the factional.
25 April 2017Wolfson College Portraits
The renowned American fine art photographer Mariana Cook, whose photographs of people and landscapes are held in many private and museum...9 March 2017Rosalind 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 2017International 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...
Lectures and Seminars23 - 23May MaySouth Asia DayTuesday 23 May -10:00am to 5:00pm
Re-configuring power: looking back at the decades around independenceLectures and Seminars23 - 23May MayLife Writing Lunch: Faith BiographiesTuesday 23 May -1:00pm to 2:00pm
Professor Heather Walton and Professor Peter Ackers discuss writing biographies of faith. Walton is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. She works in one of the most interdisciplinary areas of theological study, practical theology, and has recently begun to explore the relationship between theology and creative writing.Lectures and Seminars24 - 24May MayThe Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of JusticeWednesday 24 May -5:30pm to 7:00pm
A book colloquium featuring Stuart H Newberger, an international lawyer who represented victims of the terrorist plot hatched by Colonal Qaddafi that brought down French Airlines Flight 772. His latest book The Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice tells the story of how he fought for justice for seven of the 170 people killed in one of the deadliest acts of terrorism in history.