St Hilda’s College Writers’ Day at FT Oxford Literary Festival @ Worcester College Lecture Theatre
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Hilda’s Writers’ Day 2019 marks its 10th year as the only College to hold its own day of lectures at the Oxford Literary Festival. All authors are College members or alumnae.

CLAIRE HARMAN – Murder By The Book: A Sensational Chapter In Victorian Crime. chaired by Claire Armitstead (The Guardian and the Observer)
When the accused murderer of Lord William Russell blamed the crime on his reading, he fueled an ongoing debate about the appalling damage ‘low’ books could do. This fascinating study details the controversy around William Harrison Ainsworth’s Jack Sheppard, the murder of Russell and the way it affected many of the leading writers of the day, including Dickens and Thackeray. Harman unpacks the evidence, reveals the gossip and the surprisingly literary background to this gory crime.

Chair: Claire Armitstead (The Guardian and the Observer)

St Hilda’s College Writers’ Day at FT Oxford Literary Festival @ Worcester College Lecture Theatre
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

KIRSTY GUNN – Action Writing, chaired by Claire Armitstead (The Guardian and the Observer)
Kirsty Gunn is an internationally awarded writer who published her first novel with Faber in 1994 and since then eight works of fiction, including short stories, as well as a collection of fragments and meditations, and essays. Her latest novel is the acclaimed ‘Caroline’s Bikini’. She is Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee.

St Hilda’s College Writers’ Day at FT Oxford Literary Festival @ Worcester College Lecture Theatre
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TESS STIMSON – From Adultery to Murder: A Shorter Journey Than You Think, chaired by Nicolette Jones (The Sunday Times)
Tess Stimson is the British author of ten novels, including top-ten bestseller ‘The Adultery Club’. In 2002, she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. She is transitioning into writing psychological suspense fiction, writing as TJ Stimson. Her first novel in this genre, ‘Picture of Innocence’, is to be published by Avon in Spring 2019.

Terry Eagleton – Humour @ Blackwell's Bookshop
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Blackwell’s are delighted to be hosting one of Britain’s most influential literary critics, Terry Eagleton, to talk about his latest book, Humour.

A compelling guide to the fundamental place of humour and comedy within Western culture-by one of its greatest exponents

Written by an acknowledged master of comedy, this study reflects on the nature of humour and the functions it serves. Why do we laugh? What are we to make of the sheer variety of laughter, from braying and cackling to sniggering and chortling? Is humour subversive, or can it defuse dissent? Can we define wit?

Packed with illuminating ideas and a good many excellent jokes, the book critically examines various well-known theories of humour, including the idea that it springs from incongruity and the view that it reflects a mildly sadistic form of superiority to others. Drawing on a wide range of literary and philosophical sources, Terry Eagleton moves from Aristotle and Aquinas to Hobbes, Freud, and Bakhtin, looking in particular at the psychoanalytical mechanisms underlying humour and its social and political evolution over the centuries.

Short Stories Aloud – Stacey Halls & Jess Kidd @ Blackwell's Bookshop
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blackwell’s are delighted to once again invite you to Short Stories Aloud. Listen to actors perform short stories written by Stacey Halls and Jess Kidd. Afterwards, author Sarah Franklin will be interviewing both authors about their latest publications, The Familiars and Things in Jars before taking questions from the audience.