"The 2011 Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival runs from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 April, and offers a wonderful range of talks, discussions, debates, readings, Literary Lunches and Dinners in the exceptional and beautiful surroundings of Christ Church and Corpus Christi and Merton Colleges - with many major events staged in The Sheldonian Theatre, The Bodleian Library and other prestigious venues.
The Festival reflects the great literary traditions of The University of Oxford, and its historic Colleges, as well as the contemporary reputation of its Departments and Institutes in every field of scholarship, research and enquiry.
Novelists, biographers, historians, poets, critics, politicians, soldiers, public servants, scientists, and medics will be joined by artists, philosophers, theologians, architects, engineers, botanists, environmentalists and children's writers.
The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival is widely acclaimed for its stimulating and provocative programme and the quality and fearlessness of its debates. This year we extend our series of major lectures and presentations at The Sheldonian Theatre, with World-class speakers, and have developed the Children's Festival under the direction of Nicolette Jones, Children's Editor of The Sunday Times.
But above all the unique feature of The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival is the warmth of the welcome for all who attend, and the opportunity for the general public to meet and mix with authors, writers and public figures, from breakfast in hallowed halls through lunch, tea or drinks in the Festival Marquee to nightcaps in bars, inns and hotels throughout the city"