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.
13 February 2017Professor Glen Dudbridge: a tribute
The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Emeritus Fellow Professor Glen Dudbridge.29 January 2017Jon Stallworthy Prize Winner Annnounced
On 18 January 2017 the second award was made of the Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize for Oxford postgraduate students, at an event held at Wolfson...24 January 2017President-elect
The Fellows of Wolfson College are delighted to announce the election of Mr Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as their next President, in succession to...
Lectures and Seminars25 - 25Feb FebSelf/knowledge: Autobiography and ResearchSaturday 25 February -2:00pm to 6:00pm
How can you research yourself; and how does the self affect research? Drawing on multiple perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences, from medieval romance to stand-up comedy, speakers will explore the relationship between autobiography and academic research.Concert and Plays26 - 26Feb FebPiano Recital: Young TalentSunday 26 February -5:00pm to 6:30pm
A special concert featuring four young pianists from the Purcell School and the Junior Royal Academy of Music: Firoze Madon, Magdalene Ho, Sawa Ward, and Jeneba Kanneh Mason.
They will play a selection of work by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Chopin, Ravel, and Beethoven.
Drinks will be served at the interval. Proceeds in aid of the College Charity, AMREF Health Africa.Lectures and Seminars27 - 27Feb FebThree short talks by Visiting Scholars and Research Members of Common Room on th...Monday 27 February -5:00pm to 7:00pm
Three of Wolfson's Visiting Scholars and Research Members of Common Room will give a short talk on their research. This event is open to all members of College and their guests.