The society was founded to enable writers to meet, discuss issues of mutual interest and enjoy activities together.Two parties are held each year, at Christmas and in the early summer. In addition to these, a programme of activities is issued each term (See example below).The programme normally consists of a mix of social evenings at members’ homes with drink and light food provided, ‘Topical Suppers’ at a pub, with an after-supper speaker, ‘Cultural Capers’ – trips to National Trust or other interesting properties and a punting picnic in the summer.

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Many events (which are generally for members only) are free, although a charge is made for the Christmas and summer parties, and members buy their own suppers and any drinks at the pub.  Non National Trust Members pay entry fees and people arrange their own transport, although often arranging to share lifts.  Group rates are normally negotiated for theatre tickets.

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Our current programme

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MAY – JULY 2017

Richard Holmes on Biography
Tuesday 9 May, 5.30-7pm
There’s time to fit this in before the next session! The talk is called ‘Pursuer or Pursued; Reflections on Biography’.

Tuesday 9 May, 7pm ‒ 9pm

Would you like to assist an aspiring young writer in their career and confidence? In return, they may be able to help you with today’s digital and marketing skills. This will be an experimental event with students and postgraduates from Oxford Writers’ House, including wine and light refreshments.

Professor Tabish Khair
Thursday 11 May, 5pm for 5.30pm
Born and educated in Gaya, a small town in Bihar, India, this acclaimed novelist and poet will speak on ‘Thinking in Stories: Or why the process of reading literature is the antidote to fundamentalism’.
No booking necessary.

Liz Woolley on Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War
Friday 12 May, 7pm for 7.30pm
Find out about the 31 Oxfordshire individuals (out of c.2,500 from Britain and Ireland) who travelled to Spain to participate on the Republican Government’s side after Franco’s coup of 1936; and also the several hundred Basque refugees, mostly children, who were taken in by Oxfordshire people.
Free to all; refreshments available afterwards.

Thursday 25 May, 7pm for 7.30pm
Come and meet your fellow members over free drinks and nibbles. We’ll also repeat the fun Book Slam, so bring your new publications to present!

Saturday 3 June, 2pm onwards
Maeve Bayton is kindly hosting a summer ramble from Beckley, followed by refreshments.

Christina Hardyment on Writing the Thames
Thursday 15 June, 7pm for 7.30pm
Christina’s well-reviewed book tells a much-loved river’s story through the remarkable prose, poetry and illustration that it has inspired. Her talk will be illustrated with many photos of the course of the Thames.

The coming of the railway to Oxford
Saturday 24 June, 2-4 pm
Did you know that South Oxford Community Centre used to house Oxford’s waterworks? Or that the railway into the city used to run through Hinksey Park to Oxford’s original railway station in Marlborough Road? This guided walk will bring South Oxford’s exclusive charms to light.

Saturday 8 July, 6-8pm
The Wilkinsons invite members and guests for drinks and nibbles in their lovely garden.

Jane Rogers on Writing Radio Plays
Tuesday 11 July, 7pm for 7.30pm
Jane has written several Afternoon Plays for Radio 4, and adapted novels including her own The Testament of Jessie Lamb for a week of 15-minute dramas. She will talk about the process of getting drama commissioned for radio, and describe how she sets about the process of adapting fiction into drama.

With a talk by Simon Wenham on his History of Salter Bros
Friday 28 July, leaving at 5.30pm (so please be early)
Let’s hope for good weather for a summer evening’s pleasure boat trip down to Iffley Lock and return.
We shall be treated to a talk by Simon Wenham on his book Pleasure Boating on the Thames: A History of Salter Bros; and we’ll wind up at Head of the River or The Folly to complete the evening.