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Literary events in Oxford: Short Stories Aloud

Short Stories Aloud: Elise Valmorbida and Jacqueline O'Mahony

This is one of my favourite regular literary events in Oxford! We gather downstairs at Blackwells and listen to actors perform short stories by two authors. After a short break, the authors answer the questions from the audience scribbled on paper notes. The event is hosted by an author Sarah Franklin.

This time we listened to writers Elise Valmorbida talking about her latest book The Madonna of the Mountains and Jacqueline O'Mahony talking about her book A River in the Trees.

Elise ValmorbidaElise Valmorbida talks about her book The Madonna of the Mountains - a family saga set in northern Italy during the times when fascism was on the rise.
Elise Valmorbida sitting among the audience while listening to her story being read out aloud

Shame on me cause I did not find out the actors' names... maybe next time!

Short Story Aloud #1
Short Story Aloud #2

Did I mention that you get cake during the break?


Literary events in Oxford: Feminist Salon

I've decided to start writing a blog about literary events in Oxford. Not feeling very wordy (and consumed by guilt when I'm writing anything that's not my book), thus expect more photos than text.

February 1, 2019. Feminist Salon: Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford

It was such an enlightening evening! I'm trying to go to almost every literary event since I moved to Oxford, and sadly there are very few interviews with female sci-fi and fantasy authors.

Feminist SalonFeminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Chair of the discussion Chelsea Haith and science fiction author Stephanie Saulter
British writer, critic, and poet Roz Kaveney
Writer of speculative fiction E. J. Swift
E. J. Swift and fantasy author Juliet E. McKenna

You can find out more about St Hilda’s Feminist Salon from their website:

For photography nerds: the photos were taken with Pentax K-70, the lens SMC Pentax-DA 18-135m.

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