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On Sunday 3rd April, look out for comedian Julian Clary, who be talking about his new book (© Eddie Botsio).

Our Oxford Lit Fest countdown continues

Editor-at-large Jeremy Smith carries on our countdown to Oxford Lit Fest, focusing on the likes of Julian Clary, Sir Ian Mckellen and Mary Beard
Editor-at-large Jeremy Smith

"Ends on a high"

Yesterday we took a look at just some of the truly world famous authors who will be attending the annual Oxford Literary Festival which starts Saturday week (2nd April).

 

Today, we're going to take a look at some of its celebrity writers.

Comedian, novelist, screenwriter, and television/radio presenter David Baddiel presents his new children's book, The Person Controller, on the festival's first day (12 noon at the Sheldonian Theatre).

On Sunday 3rd April, look out for both comedian Julian Clary, who be talking about his new book, The Bolds to The Rescue, and actor Sir Ian McKellen who will be talking to the BBC's Ana Anand about his life and work.

The last day of the festival, ends on a high with Channel 4's Countdown favourite, Susie Dent.

 

On Tuesday 5th April, catch up with Britain's best known classicist Professor Mary Beard, and on Thursday enjoy an audience with one of Britain's best known broadcasters, James Naughtie, who for 21 years presented BBC Radio 4's flagship news programme Today.

Friday heralds both Joan Bakewell, the veteran broadcaster who now in her 80s reflects on her life and... Nicholas Parsons who celebrates the best and most hilarious moments from six decades of Radio 4's hugely popular Just A Minute.

Saturday belongs to international singing star Patti Boulaye and popular historian and television presenter Lucy Worsley, while Sunday, the last day of the festival, ends on a high with Channel 4's Countdown favourite, Susie Dent, and Ken Hom, the world's leading authority on Chinese cooking.

Quite a feast.

 

- Jeremy Smith

 

Top Image - Julian Clary © Eddie Botsio

Middle Image - Editor-at-large Jeremy Smith

Bottom Image - David Baddiel

 

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