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On Friday at 8pm at Worcester College hall, celebrated food writer Claudia Roden creates a citrus-themed menu based on Helena Attlee’s book, The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit.

Just 18-hours away from the 20th Oxford Literary Festival

Over the last week-and-a-half, we've packed in a whole smorgasbord of must-see events, so today Jeremy Smith takes one last look at some of the festival's more unique events...
Editor-at-large Jeremy Smith

"An unmissable evening of poetry, wit and music to climax this year’s events and mark 20 years of Oxford Literary Festival."

Saturday evening (2nd April) is Oxford Literary Festival's opening night dinner.

Held at the Bodleian: Divinity School (tickets are £120), it honours the exceptional contribution of the USA to world literature and culture.

Among those at the dinner will be the award-winning writer for children and adults Jewell Parker Rhodes; science fiction writer and essayist Paolo Bacigalupi; the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University Ed Finn; fantasy authors Michael A Stackpole and Joe Abercrombie; transnational novelists Gail Tsukiyama and Xu Xi; and poets Katherine E Young and Rose Solari.

It's a swanky but hugely enjoyable evening and always, always memorable.

On Sunday at 4pm at Exeter College chapel picture book creator James Mayhew joins forces with pianist Alexander Ardakov for a unique, family-friendly performance of Tchaikovsky’s piano suite The Seasons combined with storytelling and drawing (£6).

On Wednesday at 9pm in Worcester College chapel the ancient night-time service of Compline will be sung in Worcester College Chapel. Compline takes its name from a Latin word for ‘completion’ and is a peaceful, meditative way to end a busy day, with candle-light, chants, psalms, and prayers.This service is free and no ticket is required.

On Friday at 8pm at Worcester College hall, celebrated food writer Claudia Roden creates a citrus-themed menu based on Helena Attlee’s book, The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit. The price - £130 - includes a drinks reception in the 18th-century Provost’s Lodgings and a three-course meal with wines and coffee.

While on Sunday week, the festival closes in style at 6.30pm at the Sheldonian Theatre where you'll join actress Maureen Lipman, poet Jeremy Robson, and acclaimed jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth for an unmissable evening of poetry, wit and music to climax this year’s events and mark 20 years of Oxford Literary Festival.

And remember I will be writing a daily column, available both on the festival website and here on the OX website, to keep you up-to-date with all the festival news (and gossip).

Have a wonderful time!

 

- Jeremy Smith

 

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