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

Art exhibition
24 - 11
Oct Nov
Re-visiting China's Silk Road
Monday 24 October - 10:00am to Friday 11 November - 7:09pm

Photographic Exhibition: Re-visiting China's Silk Road - Images of Past and Present by Jacob Ghazarian

Open daily subject to College commitments. Please telephone the Lodge on 01865 274100 before visiting.

Private View Sunday 23 October 3 to 5 pm.

Lectures and Seminars
24 - 24
Oct Oct
President’s Seminar: ‘Power’
Monday 24 October -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

This term Jonathan Wolff, Benjamin Savill and Ruy Sebastian Bonilla takes on the topic of Power.

Prof Jonathan Wolff

‘Power and Motivated Ignorance’ will suggest that those who hold social power are often blind to the facts which sustain their privilege.

Lectures and Seminars
25 - 25
Oct Oct
The Truth in Fiction and Life-writing in China
Tuesday 25 October -
5:30am to 7:00pm