Support us

Sponsor a project or scholar

Make a gift.

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

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.

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