Forthcoming Events @ OCLW

Trinity Term 2017 at Wolfson College
(All events are free of charge and open to all unless otherwise stated)

26 April from 2pm
Baritone Roderick Williams: masterclass, interview and recital.

2pm    Masterclass with young singers
5pm    In Conversation with Professor Philip Ross Bullock (University of Oxford).
For more information and tickets, click here.

2 May 5:00 – 7pm LWA
Nicoletta Demetriou: Cypriot Fiddlers film screening

The Cypriot Fiddler is an attempt to trace the life stories of a dying class of traditional musicians on both sides of the Cypriot divide. The Cypriot Fiddler documentary, released in 2016, was entirely funded by members of the public through an online crowd-sourcing campaign.

9 May 5:30 – 7pm
Richard Holmes: Pursuer or Pursued: Reflections on Biography

The lecture is given in memory of Professor Richard Ellmann, Fellow of Wolfson College from 1984-1987, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of his death and of the publication of his biography of Oscar Wilde.

12-13 May all day
Global Lives and Local Perspectives: New Approaches to Tibetan Life-writing

This two-day event is free of charge and lunch will be provided, but places are limited and registration essential. To register, please email

15 May 6:00pm
Simon Armitage and Bernard O’Donoghue: Poems of Life and Death – a reading 

23 May 1:00 – 2pm
Life Writing Lunch: Faith Biographies

Professors Heather Walton & Peter Ackers discuss writing biographies of faith. Register online here. A buffet sandwich lunch will be provided.

27 May 10:00 – 5:30pm
Lives of Houses colloquium

A day of papers and panel discussions looking at the ways in which a well-known individual’s life is presented and preserved through the architecture and material culture of their home. Registration essential! Click here to reserve your place.

30 May 5:30 – 7pm
Film director Clio Barnard: A discussion and screening of her film The Selfish Giant

 The Selfish Giant is a 2013 British drama film inspired by the Oscar Wilde story. It won the Europa Cinemas award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and Best Film at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival. It was nominated for the 2014 Bafta.

6 June 5:30 – 7pm
Mark Lawson on interviews, with Hermione Lee

 A ‘meta interview’: critic and biographer Professor Dame Hermione Lee and arts journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson about the art and method of the interview.

8 July 9:00 – 6:30pm
Dancing Lives conference

How do people write about the lives of dancers and choreographers? How does dance as a silent form represent life stories? A combination of practical demonstration, film, biographers, practitioners, discussion and speakers. The day includes coffees, wine and lunch. Speakers including Dame Monica Mason. (£20 / £10 unwaged)

Click here to reserve your place.

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