Oxford Botanical Garden Tour

Thursday 6 October, 11.30am 

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Come and join their trained guide to learn about the history of the oldest botanic garden in the UK, as well as the amazing botanical collections on show, and their work in education and conservation. 

Free visit, but booking essential with brendastones40@hotmail.com. 

Not the booker

Monday 17 October, 7.30 – 9 pm 

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King’s Arms, Broad Street, OX1 3SP 

Join us for our favourite event of the year: a panel of members will speak to each of the books on this year’s Booker shortlist, after which the audience can vote for their preferred title.

No previous reading necessary!  

Find out more about The Booker Prize on their website.

Walking Tour of Jewish Oxford

Saturday 3 September, 4.30 – 6pm

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Led by Rabbi Eli Brackman of Oxford Chabad Society. 

Meet in the Rose Gardens by the Botanic Gardens entrance, site of the medieval Jewish burial ground, and discover other fascinating facts of Oxford’s Jewish heritage; finishing in St Aldates.

Book a place with brendastones40@hotmail.com

Oxford Crime Writing

18 August 2022, Daunt Books, Summertown, 247-249 Banbury Road, OX2 7HN.

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Thursday 18 August, 7pm

Cara Hunter will be talking to Peter Guttridge about her latest novel, Hope to Die. It follows the discovery of a body in an isolated farm outside Oxford, which looks like a burglary gone wrong. But who exactly was the aggressor? Is there a connection to a past case and an alleged miscarriage of justice, the revelation of which is starting to drive the press wild?

Tickets £5.

Book online

Crime Fiction Weekend

12-14 August 2022, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

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A crime fiction weekend like no other – from its beginnings in 1994 the St Hilda’s Crime Fiction Weekend has drawn readers from all over the world to Oxford (including members of WiO) to hear their favourite authors explore the genre and discuss their own work and the writers who have inspired them. Since 2020, we have offered this unique conference online and, although we are returning to a live conference, by popular demand from all over the world we will continue to offer the online experience!

In 2022 we are offering a truly hybrid experience: gather with us in person here in Oxford for a wonderful, immersive experience and stimulating discussion or, with a simple link, join us online, live from wherever in the world you are, and participate in the live chat during the Q&A sessions after each talk.

Our theme this year for the 29th St Hilda’s Crime Fiction Weekend is:

Town and Country: green lanes to mean streets.

Are they so different? Join us and hear your favourite authors discuss crime novels set in these worlds – contrasting the gritty reality of urban noir with the simmering tensions and rivalries of country life. Are those winding country roads really so idyllic? Mean streets and dark alleyways may not be the only places where you pursue suspect and source.

Our Guest of Honour is the wonderful Ann Cleeves who will be joined this August by a stellar list of speakers:

Many of our acclaimed speakers are listed for major crime fiction prizes this year, do follow @HildasCrime for all the latest programme updates and news.

Book your place now to attend either online or in person.  BOOKING DEADLINE 1 August 2022.

Recordings of the sessions will be available for a month after the Conference for all attendees.

Ravilious: Drawn to war

Wednesday 14 September 7.30pm, North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JN

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A special showing of this new film on the artist Ravilious, as part of North Wall’s Wood Engravings exhibition.

Tickets: £5

Find out more and book online. 

Cream Tea in Garsington

August 27, 3-5pm, The White Cottage, 11 Kiln Lane, Garsington, OX44 9AR

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WiO member Anita Mathias is kindly inviting us to her lovely garden in Garsington for a lavish cream tea.

Parking available, or get bus 11 leaving St Aldates stop G4 at 2.35pm, arr 3.05pm, and leaving 5.04pm, arr 5.32pm.

Book a place with brendastones40@hotmail.com.