Life-Writing at the Weston Library

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and English Faculty Life-writing Day at the Weston Library, 9 February 2019. A guest post by writer Evalyn Lee.

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New Beginnings: Creative Women and the Curse of Silence

This post appeared originally on the Writers' HQ blog.  Recently, I’ve been waking up with this feeling in my gut. “I’m done,” I say to myself. “I’m done. I’m finished. I’m over it.” I get up and write because it’s my job and I have to but it’s dry. It’s bloodless. It hurts, and it... Continue Reading →

Dirty Little Secrets Of The Caspian

A streak of black for depression, blue for nostalgic memories of home, red for love, I put above all else, yellow for the hatred of injustice, green for the life I chose to not end, white for the peace I desperately seek. Here is a portrait painted with words. It was time. After much encouragement... Continue Reading →

Biographical Borders

In his President’s Column in the most recent Modern Language Association Newsletter (Fall 2016), K. Anthony Appiah tells the story of how a few years ago he decided to organize his books. A daunting task. A philosopher, he tried first to sort his philosophy books into metaphysics and epistemology on the one hand and political... Continue Reading →

Oxford’s Writing Life

As an undergraduate, I came to Oxford looking for a writing community. Oxford, I thought, was the land of literary Greats — Tolkein, Lewis, Eliot, Shelley, Johnson, Sontag. Almost 100 years ago, a young T.S. Eliot, who was studying at Merton College, wrote feverish letters to his friends, complaining about his experience at Oxford: ‘Oxford is very pretty,... Continue Reading →

The Private Life of the Diary

My First Diary When I was seven years old my mother sent me abroad, alone. I carried one small canvas bag with a camera and a diary-notebook. My instructions were very clear: ‘Take as many pictures as you can and write down everything you see. Switzerland is a very beautiful country and you’ll see lots... Continue Reading →

Albert James at the Animal Fair

Please find below a post by Rosie and Ellie Lavan about their play Wild Laughter, which was performed as an OCLW event on the 11th of November. Albert James at the Animal Fair We think of Wild Laughter very much as a Christmas story. Our great grandfather Albert James was, after all, the clown who... Continue Reading →

Guest post: Procrastination Conference at OCLW

For your those of you supposed to be working right now, but are reading this blog instead, conference organizers Liz Chatterjee and Danielle Yardy share their  illustrated and humorous summary of the 'Procrastination: Cultural Explorations' conference at OCLW in July. This conference was the winner of the OCLW-TORCH postgraduate conference award, and the competition will be repeated this... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Review of the 2014 International Association for Biography and Autobiography Conference, Part II

In part two of a three-part series, Seraphima Kennedy reports back from ‘Autobiography in Transit,’ conference of the International Association for Biography and Autobiography in Banff, Canada. Biotexts, Justice and the Metonymics of Pain  By the second day of IABA 2014, standards were already high. The Banff Centre, tucked into one end of the Bow... Continue Reading →

Guest post: Review of the Conference for the International Association for Biography and Autobiography (IABA) 2014, Part I of III

Hello life-writers! We are delighted to bring you another three-part guest post series this summer.  Seraphima Kennedy, a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, reviews aspects of the 2014 IABA conference in Banff. --------- Conference for the International Association for Biography and Autobiography (IABA) Auto/biography in Transit May 29-June 1, 2014 Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada  ‘Autobiography in... Continue Reading →

Guest post: OCLW conference, ‘Genius for Sale! Artistic Production and Economic Context in the Long Nineteenth Century’ on 8th May 2014

Below is Diana Greenwald's summary of "Genius for Sale!" an OCLW conference organized by Diana Greenwald and Jonathan Paine: Most academic conferences are discipline-specific— historians meet with historians, economists with economists, etc. The goal of “Genius for Sale! Artistic Production and Economic Context in the Long Nineteenth Century” was to break this pattern. This conference... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Oxford Dance Symposium, 15 and 16 April 2014

Jennifer Thorp, an organizer of the 16th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium, summarizes the very successful event below.  ‘The dancer in celebrity culture in the long-eighteenth century:  reputations, images, portraits’ The 16th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium, held in association with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College on 15 & 16 April 2014, took as... Continue Reading →

Guest post: An exploration of narratives from Gandhian women

Today we bring you a guest post from Dr. Supriya Kar, a writer and translator from Odisha, India. In this post, she explores several narratives from Indian women whose lives were impacted by the Indian independence movement. Choosing Untrodden Paths: A Study of Personal Narratives by Gandhian Women from Odisha Exposure to the education system introduced by the British rulers... Continue Reading →

Guest post: Searching for the ‘real story’ behind 18th century autobiography and conversion narrative

We have an early Easter treat for you with another guest post! Here, Bristol-based writer Lucienne Boyce considers the autobiography/conversion narrative of the eighteenth century figure Silas Told. As always, we look forward to reading your thoughts and responses in the comment section below. “Instantly I felt it in my soul”: some thoughts on interpreting the... Continue Reading →

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