Support us

At the heart of what we do is supporting and nurturing exceptionally talented young writers and scholars, and offering them opportunities to help establish their career.

Sponsor a project or scholar

Some people love the variety of OCLW, and some love particular projects. At the heart of what we do is supporting and nurturing exceptionally talented young writers and scholars, and offering them opportunities to help establish their career. If you’d like to support a project or an individual, we’re keen to discuss the possibilities. You may be inspired by something you see in our Events Calendar, or you may be happy to make a gesture towards whatever ambitious endeavour we’re planning at any given time. To put your name to a project or scholarship of any kind, and enjoy some great benefits in return, please contact Associate Director Kate Kennedy on oclw@wolfson.ox.ac.uk, or simply make a gift.

Become a Friend

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing’s Friend scheme is a fantastic way to support our research and outreach. Our loyal Friends support our work with annual donations and can enjoy a range of exciting privileges and opportunities. Membership starts from only £10/month.

Cherwell Friend, £10/month. Receive regular mailings with news and updates on our termly programme. An invitation to attend a ‘tea-talk’ with the OCLW Visiting Scholars. Attend a post-lecture Friends’ reception and enjoy a drink with the speaker and Visiting Scholar community of OCLW. See your support credited on our website. Annual subscription of £8.30 membership fee, £111.70 donation*

Linton Friend, £35/month. Enjoy exclusive benefits at our highest Friends level with all of the above, plus: Gain access to distinctive projects with our prestigious partner organisations and international speakers. Be recognised for your support at an annual lecture dedicated to our Linton Friends, after which we invite you to join the OCLW scholars and directors for a post-lecture reception. Attend an annual post-lecture dinner with our speakers, directors and special guests (extra costs apply). Annual subscription of £20 membership fee, £400 donation*

Chadlington Supporter. Enjoy an individual association with OCLW by becoming a Chadlington Supporter. With a minimum annual donation of £1,000, Chadlington Supporters share our founder and Honorary Director Dame Professor Hermione Lee’s passion for helping exceptional young academics to fulfil their potential, support the Centre’s work in community outreach, and in maintaining its international reputation for excellence in research. In return, they are uniquely valued, receiving personal updates from Hermione, Elleke and Kate on the Centre’s progress, and opportunities to get to know the scholars and be recognised for their support.

Legacy Giving

When you come to make plans for the future, you may like to consider remembering OCLW in your will. Making such a gift is naturally a very personal matter. However, letting us know of your wishes gives us the opportunity to thank you for your kindness, while allowing us to make plans together. We are happy to talk to you in confidence about the range of options open to you, either in person or over the phone. In the first instance, please contact Kate Kennedy, Associate Director on oclw@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

*We are obliged by HMRC to make it clear that the donation component paid by friends and supporters is voluntary and that it is possible to purchase any of these memberships without making this donation, at a cost of £8.30, £20 or £35. If you wish to do this, please contact Kate Kennedy.

News
Events

The latest from Wolfson College

Wolfson College Rooftop
12 April 2019
Wolfson College hosts Symposium in Silicon Solar Cell Technology

Wolfson College is honoured to host the Oxford Symposium in Sillicon Solar Cell Technology on 15 and 16 April. 

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8 April 2019
Wolfson College to host eBike Summit 2019

On Wednesday 10 April, the College will host the first Oxford eBike Summit. 

Tom Cross Exhibition
8 April 2019
Shapes and Adventures: Paintings by Tom Cross

Tom Cross' exhibition "Shapes and Adventures" opens to public Monday 15 April.

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
27 - 28
Apr Apr
The Korrigan Consort Presents: Hunger & Judith Triumphs
Saturday 27 April - 7:30pm to Sunday 28 April - 9:30pm

The Korrigan Consort is thrilled to present a spring double-bill, featuring Joanna Ward’s Hunger and Antonio Vivaldi’s Judith Triumphs.

Two tales, two women, two troubled souls. One, an artist struggling to form her identity as a creative, a woman, and a mother. One, a noblewoman with the weight of a nation on her shoulders, rebelling against the expectation of women to sacrifice. Both struggle under the thumb of patriarchs and patriarchy, with stories reaching across time.

Lectures and Seminars
30 - 30
Apr Apr
Imagining Madness
Tuesday 30 April - 1:30pm to 5:30pm

How has madness been perceived and represented by composers, biographers, medical professionals, and people who have experienced it first-hand? How should we conceptualise madness as scholars? This interdisciplinary colloquium features various speakers, and aims to give researchers who are interested in this subject an opportunity to meet one another, hear about each other’s work, and to discuss the challenges of writing about experiences and perceptions of madness and mental illness.

Lectures and Seminars
30 - 30
Apr Apr
Asian Treasure Traditions Seminar
Tuesday 30 April - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Treasure Seminar, Trinity Term, 2019 Cathy Cantwell Tuesday 30th April, Wolfson College Seminar Room 3, 5.pm - 7pm, followed by dinner at Wolfson Title: The Phurpa Consecrations Practice (byin rlabs phur pa'i sgrub pa) texts from the Eightfold Buddha Word, Embodying the Sugatas (bka' brgyad bde gshegs 'dus pa), revealed by Nyang ral Nyi ma ’od zer (1124-1192), and their connections with the Transmitted Textual Traditions