Free Sarah Moss Tickets for Group 2012

Tuesday, July 12th at 19:00 – 20:00

Sarah Moss will be visiting Oxford to talk about her latest novel, ‘The Tidal Zone’. Chairing the talk will be Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Sarah Franklin.

Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and restoration of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter’s school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen year old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing. The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed.

Tickets normally cost £3 for group members, just go to  customer service department in the Norrington Room, or call 01865 333623 and let them know you are going. I am sure it will be OK to just turn up also.

Inside the mind of publishers

June Meeting

Wednesday 29th June 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop 7-9pm

Hattie Fell and Kirsten Etheridge – representatives from marketing and editorial at Oxford-based publishing house Lion Hudson will give a perspective on the book trade.

They will give us an insider’s view on what publisher do and what they want from authors. They will also look at trends in publishing.

There will be lot of time for questions, so this is a great chance to understand how publishers work and how you can best engage with them.

Publishing Without Boundaries

Publishing Without Boundaries

One-day conference on 14th June 2016 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

The conference has a line-up of very high-profile speakers: Joanne Harris, author of ‘Chocolat’ and many otherbooks, Baroness Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House in conversation with journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup, and Nigel Newton, CEO of Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury. There are also breakout sessions, including one run by Euan Hirst of Blackwells, called ‘Understanding Your Book Buyer’.

The cost of the day conference is £85, including a three course sit-down meal and a wine reception at the end of the day.

Oxfam Author Talk with Luke Harding

Oxfam Author Talk with Luke Harding

Award winning Guardian journalist and author of the Snowden Files and WikiLeaks talks about his new book A Very Expensive Poison: the Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West

Friday 13th May 12pm-1pm (refreshments from 11.30am)
at the Quaker Meeting House, St Giles, OX1 3LW

Tickets £5 available from the Oxfam Bookshop, St Giles
All proceeds to Oxfam








April Meeting

Wednesday 27th April 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop 7-9pm
Getting used to talking about you and your novel:
Once you book’s been published, how do you talk about it? (and sell it!) Join us as we interview a published author for the Blackwell’s YouTube channel and then . . . it’s your turn! We’ll discuss and mentor you so that you can hone your skills in telling the world why your book is the next must-read. How do you sell yourself on video – how do you cope with the pressure of being articulate when a camera is thrust in your face – how do you sum up, in the most enticing way, what your new novel is about in twenty seconds/one minute/three minutes/five minutes? What about readings to camera? What about recommending books?

We will go through some demonstrations and exercises based on these ideas to help you on your way to becoming a self-promoting (in the best possible way!) star of the screen.



March Reminder

Just to remind everyone that there has been a change to the advertised meeting for March and it will now be another feedback session at the usual feedback venue at the Quaker Meeting House on St Giles Wednesday March 30th 7-9pm.


We now have a closed Facebook Group where you can upload your work so members can read beforehand – Group 2012 Feedback Let me know if you need an invite to join.