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

Sir Isaiah Berlin 1987 © Copyright Mariana Cook
25 April 2017
Wolfson 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 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...

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
May May
South Asia Day
Tuesday 23 May -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Re-configuring power: looking back at the decades around independence

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
May May
Life Writing Lunch: Faith Biographies
Tuesday 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 Seminars
24 - 24
May May
The Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice
Wednesday 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.