The Readers' Voice 2010

A Second Convention for Readers and Reading Groups

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The Readers' Voice 2010
On line Discussion

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

following the Convention
A free downloadable e-Book is available here 

Articles from

Readers' Voice
Convention 2009

can be found here.

The Readers' Voice

Authors read by
Books on the Broad
Reading Group: 

Chinua Achebe
Kingsley Amis
Martin Amis
Paul Auster
Pat Barker
Julian Barnes
Saul Bellow
Peter Carey
Lewis Carroll
Angela Carter
Joseph Conrad
Anita Desai
Kiran Desai
Charles Dickens
JP Donleavy
Ralph Ellison
F Scott Fitzgerald
E M Forster
Elizabeth Grant
Graham Greene
Kate Grenville
Mohsin Hamid
Ernest Hemingway
Alan Hollinghurst
Khaled Hosseini
Kazuo Ishiguro
Franz Kafka
Yasmina Khadra
Barbara Kingsolver
Matthew Kneale
Hanif Kureishi
DH Lawrence
Harper Lee
Stanislaw Lem
Doris Lessing
Marina Lewycka
Amin Malouf
Hilary Mantel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Carson McCullers
Ian McEwan
John McGahern
Andrew Miller
David Mitchell
Vladimir Nabokov
Irène Némirovsky
Jeff Noon
Ben Okri
Orhan Pamuk
Iain Pears
Annie Proulx
Philip Pullman
Ian Rankin
Philip Reeve
Philip Roth
Salman Rushdie
Jean-Paul Sartre
Gillian Slovo
Wesley Stace
John Steinbeck
Kurt Vonnegut
Paul Waters
Evelyn Waugh
Jeanette Winterson
Virginia Wolf
Richard Yates
Marguerite Yourcenar

For details go to the group's website 
 where our newsletters can be downloaded



A hot lunch will be served in the historical dining Hall in Jesus College for those attending for the full day. 
This is included in the full-day ticket price. 
There will be a vegetarian option. 

Blackwell Bookshop - Cafe Nero - this has a full range of sandwiches and paninis. The Convention bookstall is in-shop and will carry speakers' titles and other books of interest to readers.

Food in Oxford

On Broad Street, tucked between the two entrances to the world-famous Blackwell bookshop, founded in 1879, you will find The White Horse public house, which fans of "Inspector Morse" will recognize from the television series. As you step into this early Tudor building you will see walls  lined with photographs of Oxford events - and the food served is good and reasonably priced.

Another haunt of Inspector Morse is the 13th century pub The Turf, which can be entered from Holywell Street or down St. Helen's Passage, an alley off New College Lane under the Bridge of Sighs. This pub is built beneath the walls of New College and against the last remaining section of the old city wall. The Turf appears frequently in Oxford-related literature, such as Hardy's Jude the Obscure. It offers a good range of beers and well-priced, homemade food, with vegetarian specials. 

Another pub with a literary history is the 17th-century Eagle and Child, known locally as the "Bird and Babe" , to be found on St. Giles'. This pub was a refuge for members of the 'Inklings', a writers' group which met weekly from the1930's to the 1960's, whose most famous members included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. It was here, when Tolkien was reading part of The Lord of the Rings to his friends, that Lewis allegedly remarked: " Oh no! Not another effing elf!"  There are several rooms and a covered courtyard at the back.

The Kings Arms on Broad Street is the student pub in Oxford. You will find spacious rooms and good coffee and cakes during the day. Hearty food and a wide selection of ales are also to be enjoyed here. On warm spring and summer days, drinkers can sit outside and watch the busy comings and goings from Broad Street.