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

September-December 2016

Mick Smith on Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews
Thursday 15 September, 7pm for 7.30pm

Victoria Arms, Old Marston OX3 0QA
A well researched biography of Frank Foley, who worked as a Passport Control Officer in Berlin during the war and helped thousands of Jews to escape from Germany. Described as a ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’, he risked his own life to save Jews threatened with death by the Nazis.

Saturday 24 September, from 6pm

An evening of wine, nibbles and chat for members and guests.

Saturday 8 October, 10.30am

Stretch your legs with a half-day walk along the River Thames, visiting Dorchester (for a pub lunch and brief visit to the abbey) and Wittenham Clumps. We will leave from St Aldate’s at around 10.30am, go by bus to Shillingford, and return around 4-5pm.

Yash Tandon on Brexit and Africa
Wednesday 12 October, 7pm for 7.30

King’s Arms, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3SP
As we struggle to come to terms with the implications of Brexit for Britain, what about the implications for the rest of the world? Might it be good or bad news for the African continent and its trading operations?
Yash Tandon is a Ugandan academic and member of Writers in Oxford. Come and engage in a mind-opening discussion…

Tuesday 25 October, 7pm for 7.30

King’s Arms, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3SP
Enjoy reading?  Like keeping up with the latest fiction?  Come and listen to a panel of Oxford writers talk about the pros and cons of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize.
It is an opportunity to hear about the 2016 Booker Prize nominations, and to share in the excitement in the run-up to the judges making their decision. The event takes place just a few hours before the winner is announced on national TV, later that evening.
Non-members: £5

Thursday 27 October, 6pm to 8pm

Balliol College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BJ
We have a drinks party with the Society of Authors in Balliol College, 6-8pm.  It is a good chance to meet like-minded people, and others in the publishing industry, and in a lovely setting.  Non-members pay £15 for drink and canapes.  Book tickets on Eventbrite:

Friday 11 November, from 7pm

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

Carol Angier, David Wilkinson, Jeremy Wilson
Thursday 24 November, 7pm for 7.30

Gibbs Room, Keble College; and afterwards at the Lamb and Flag
Biography can be one of the most difficult forms of writing ‒ but help is at hand. If you’re an actual or would-be biographer, come along and discuss how to find the peaks and avoid the pitfalls.

Saturday 3 December from 1pm

Bill’s, St Michael’s St, Oxford OX1 2DU
This year we have chosen a central venue and a 3-course lunch, at a members’ price of £20, guests £25, with drinks supplied by Writers in Oxford.