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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.
  • ‘Poetry 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.

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 samples.

For a sample front page, click here.

For a copy of a past issue, contact our membership secretary, Cherry Mosteshar at: