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.

Our current programme

(Please note that this is an abbreviated version for public display. Members can view the full details. If you have forgotten your password send an email to the website administrator on mail[at], or ask any member of the committee.)

October – December 2017


Friday 13 October, 10.30am

Caroline Moorehead on A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rosellis and the Fight Against Mussolini – Blenheim Palace Literary Festival.

Bestselling historian and journalist Caroline Moorehead explains how Mussolini terrorised Italy and how one remarkable family, the Rossellis, bravely stood up to the tyranny at enormous personal cost. Members can meet for coffee in Blenheim after the talk.  Tickets £12 each from the website,



Tuesday 17 October, 7pm for 7.30 – King’s Arms, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3SP

On the evening of the judging of the actual prize, a panel of Writers in Oxford members will put the case for each of the titles on the shortlist, and the audience have a chance to vote for their winner of the Oxford Man Booker prize. An evening of light-hearted fun for fiction fans!  Email  if you would like to join the panel, or attend.



Francesca Kay on The Long Room

Wednesday 1 November, 7pm for 7.30 – The Anchor, 2 Hayfield Rd, Oxford OX2 6TT

Oxford author Francesca Kay’s first novel, An Equal Stillness, won the Orange Award for New Writers. Her second novel, The Translation of the Bones, was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, The Long Room, explores a mind under pressure and the compelling power of the imagination.  Max 12 audience; members only.  Email  for a place.



Friday 10 November, 6.30-8.30pm – 65 Divinity Road, Oxford OX4 1LH  (Parking discouraged!)

Martin Stott hosts an evening of wine, finger food and chat with friends old and new.  Members free; guests £5.  RSVP (acceptances only, please) to



Friday 17 November,  6pm to 8pm – Balliol College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BJ

We are once again collaborating with the Society of Authors for an evening of wine, canapés and good conversation. Again it will be held in Balliol College ‒ and will also include the results of the young members’ writing competition.  Numbers limited! Members £10; guests £15  Book online at Or tel. 020 7373 6642 with credit card details. Or post cheque payable to Society of Authors with code 626 on the back to Society of Authors, 84 Drayton  Gardens, London SW10 9SB.



Leisure and entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford – Liz Woolley

Thursday 30 November, 7pm for 7.30. – Upstairs at St Aldate’s Tavern, OX1 1BU

As wages and leisure time increased in this period, so too did public libraries, lectures, concerts and clubs, cinemas and theatres spread through the neighbourhoods of Oxford. This talk describes where and how our forebears spent their free time, and how the middle classes attempted to impose ‘rational recreation’ on their working-class contemporaries, to keep them out of the pub!  Members free; guests £5.  Email to book a place.



Saturday 9 December from 1pmCuttlefish,  36 St Clement’s, Oxford OX4 1AB

We return to this convenient, spacious venue for an excellent Christmas menu provided by the new management: members’ price £20, guests £25, with drinks supplied by Writers in Oxford. Email to book your place.