, pictured left, is to look back at his life and the early formative influences that turned him into the writer he is today in a major new event added to the
. Tickets are already selling well, with the US author of the Outlander
sci-fi adventure-romance novels Diana Gabaldon
, pictured right, set to be one of the biggest draws of 2015.
The television comic and bestselling author of Round Ireland with a Fridge
, Tony Hawks
, has also confirmed his event on his latest hilarious book, Once Upon a Time in the West . . . Country
In the children's and young people programme
, there are confirmed appearances by Frank Cottrell Boyce
, Cressida Cowell and Lauren Child
, and veteran author Judith Kerr
Events previously announced include actress Celia Imrie
, pictured left, Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro
, multi-award-winning Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh
, former Downing Street adviser to Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell
, television and radio personalities Paul Heiney
and Anita Anand
, Nobel-prize-winning scientist Eric Kandel
, and children's authors Philip Pullman
, and Liz Pichon
These events and more are available to book at oxfordliteraryfestival.org
. Many more speakers and events will be added as times and venues are confirmed over the next few weeks. A walk-in and telephone box office will open in Blackwell's bookshop later this month.
Find the plot on our writing course
Aspiring writers can book a place on our popular creative writing course Finding the Plot: A Course for Aspiring Fiction Writers
, which includes masterclasses by Louise de Bernières, pictured, Joanne Harris, and other leading writers.
The popular five-day residential course at Corpus Christi College features five two-hour tutor-led workshops and a series of ten one-hour talks given by leading literary figures and publishers.
to avoid disappointment.