The Oxford Writer
This is the newsletter of Writers in Oxford,
and is sent free
to members. It is published
three times a year, and includes Oxford literary news, reports of recent WiO events,
contributions by members,
and news both of them and their books.
Recent articles have included:
- ‘WiO and the Society of Authors’
by Philip Pullman, on WiO’s origins and the various activities of the Society of Authors on behalf of their membership.
to your door’, a report on the setting up of Poetry Direct - an Oxford
poetry publishing venture with WiO connections.
- ‘How we won the Booker’.
Claire Squires explains how the publishing department of Brookes University won
the coveted Booker archive.
‘Bear necessities’ Recently Robert Twigger,
one of our more intrepid members, crossed the Rocky Mountains in a canoe in
search of adventure. He found it.
‘A prison visit’ - Rebecca Abrams, who writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and
the New Statesman, turns her hand to one of the most challenging
of all literary genres - a 250 word account of a WiO outing.
‘The battle of the book prices’ - Richard
Webster investigates combatants in the controversy over whether to scrap prices
on book jackets - and finds himself faced with an ethical dilemma.
‘Books and bullets’- D'Arcy Adrian-Vallance
reports on his visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank as part of a team writing
schoolbooks for Palestinian children.
- ‘The invisible poison’ - Trevor Mostyn describes his trip to Belarus on behalf of English PEN to try to secure the release of a scientist who blew the whistle on nuclear contamination.
- ‘Diaries, Truth and Consequences’ - Ian Cotton explains why diaries are such an important literary form and why he supports the idea of an archive for unwanted diaries.
There have also been many other fascinating, sometimes hilarious accounts of past events
- of an increasingly inebriated punting trip during which many punters turned out to be surprisingly accident prone;
of how one of the society's parties cured a bad back; of how members
braved gales and rain to visit Hampton Court Palace; of a fascinating talk on
the experiences of e-publishing; of Lisa Picard's talk on her quest for such information as how to fit a codpiece, iron a ruff, or (if you were a woman) pee in an alehouse. These are just
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