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David LodgeNovelists David Lodge and Diana Gabaldon added to festival's world-class line-up 

Award-winning novelist, playwright and literary critic David Lodge, 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 FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival line-up.

Diana GabaldonThere are now more than 130 events available to book on the 
festival website. 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 BoyceCressida Cowell and Lauren Child, and veteran author Judith Kerr.

Celia ImrieEvents 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 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.

Oxford Literary Festival, March 21-29, 2015

Find the plot on our writing course

Louis de BernieresAspiring 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.

Book early to avoid disappointment.
Christopher Frayling

Christopher Frayling

Cultural historian and television presenter  Christopher Frayling demonstrates the rise of Chinaphobia in popular culture with the help of some film clips.
Scilla Elworthy


Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Scilla Elworthy presents a bold future vision of the world that she argues could work for everybody.
Stephen Tuck

Stephen Tuck

Historian Stephen Tuck describes the night 50 years ago that black American anti-racist campaigner Malcolm X took on a member of the UK establishment at the Oxford Union.
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