OCLW Events

Wilfred Owen and Beyond
Friday, 26 October 2018 - 1:00pm to Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 12:45pm

Join us for a weekend of talks, readings, music, and ballet; a reading by poet John Balaban and the world premiere of a new Owen-inspired composition by Tim Watts.

Below-Stairs Biography: In Search of Isaiah Berlin
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

A panel discussion under the auspices of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, chaired by Robert Cottrell, to mark the publication of Henry Hardy's new book: IN SEARCH OF ISAIAH BERLIN: A LITERARY AD

Oxford History of Life-Writing Launch
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Launching the Oxford History of Life-Writing (Oxford University Press, 2018) with a panel discussion chaired by Zachary Leader, with Patrick Hayes, Laura Marcus, Alan Stewart, Rebecca Bullard, Kare

Re:dress Women Composers Project presents: Le Donne e La Chitarra
Monday, 5 November 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Guitarist James Akers presents a selection of works from his latest album featuring works by three overlooked women composers from the 19th century: Emilia Giuliani (1813-1850) , Athénaïs Paulian (

The Cut-out Girl
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland under Nazi occupation who finds refuge in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author’s grandparent

International premiere of 'Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom', a new documentary film by Judith Wechsler
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 5:15pm to 7:00pm

Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom traces the intellectual development of Wolfson’s founding President in the context of his life and times, through archival film and recordings of its

Rachel Cusk in conversation
Friday, 23 November 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Award-winning novelist Rachel Cusk, author of Arlington Park (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and the recent trilogy, Outline, Transit and Kudos, in conversation with OCLW about her w

Writing Your Life Story
Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Biographies are not just for celebrities. 'Normal' people's lives - your own, in fact - can be much more fascinating and interesting.

The Byron Effect: Life-Writing Lunch with Miranda Seymour
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 1815, the clever, courted, and cherished Annabella Msilbanke married the notorious and brilliant Lord Byron.