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.

See the Photo Gallery for some pictures.

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.

If you are interested in joining, please click here.

If you are already a member, click here to view the current programme of events. Then enter your password.

If your have forgotten your password send an email to the website administrator on mail[at], or ask any member of the committee.

Our current programme

January – April 2017

Friday 6 January, 6pm

Let’s prolong the festive mood with a bit more imbibing!

Monday 16 January, 7pm for 7.30pm
Ross King on Monet’s Waterlilies
The dramatic history behind these paintings is little known: they were actually created at a time of terrible private turmoil and sadness for the artist. Ross King’s book Mad Enchantment tells the full story for the first time and, in the process, presents a compelling and original portrait of one of our most popular and cherished artists.

Saturday 28 January, 11am‒12pm
Hokusai: The Name that Sold Books
Dr Ellis Tinios, Honorary Lecturer in East Asian History, University of Leeds
Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was a celebrated artist, printmaker and prolific illustrator of books. This talk will approach him as a publishing phenomenon and look at his substantial achievements in book illustration in the world of 19th-century publishing.

Saturday 4 February, 7.30pm

Get over the foggy February blues!
An evening of wine, finger food and chat with friends old and new.

Thursday 16 February, 7pm for 7.30pm
David Boyd Haycock on Paul Nash’s paintings of Oxford
The exhibition of Paul Nash’s work at Tate Britain runs until 5 March, so there is still time to enjoy Nash’s luminous views of Boars Hill. David is author of both Tate’s volume on Paul Nash, and also editor of his autobiography, Outline.

Thursday, 23 February, 7.30pm start
Alison Baxter speaks on the Boundaries between fiction and non-fiction in family history

Thursday 2 March, 7.30pm
Our Australian member Deborah Burrows returns for the Oxford launch of her Second World War novel Ambulance Girls, about surviving the Blitz.

GUIDED WALK with Alastair Lack
Sunday 5 March, 2-4pm

Alastair Lack is an Oxford graduate and spent his working life at the BBC. He now leads themed walks round Oxford, and will treat us to a circuit featuring local poets, ending with tea at the Vaults.

Wednesday 22 March, 7pm for 7.30pm
Marcus Ferrar on The Fight for Freedom
This is a sweeping and authoritative historical survey of movements and individuals who have led the march for political freedom. He will address issues such as: Is freedom good? Is it a right? Why do people fight for it? Is freedom winning, or does the rise of the alt-right spell its end?

Friday 7 April, 7.30pm

An evening of wine, finger food and chat with friends old and new.

on IT for Authors

Sharon Norris
Thursday 20 April, 7pm for 7.30pm
Do send specific queries ahead of time for Sharon to answer; and she will then update us all on shortcuts and strategies for keeping technology terrors at bay…