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

Out and About in 


The poet Matthew Arnold described Oxford as the

"city of dreaming spires".

 Another poet, John Keats, considered it

"the finest city in the world".

As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford is a unique and historic institution. By the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, Oxford had already become a meeting place for scholars. The University developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. The first of Oxford's colleges began as medieval 'halls of residence'  under the supervision of a Master. University, Balliol and Merton Colleges are the oldest colleges, established between 1249 and 1264.

Some of the finest architecture in England can be found within a few hundred yards of the Convention venue, Jesus College, founded by Elizabeth I.  For example, in Broad Street are to be found Balliol, Trinity and Exeter Colleges, as well as the Sheldonian, the Clarendon Building, the Bodleian Library and Blackwell's famous bookshop. You can see them here in Virtual Oxford which provides 360 degree panoramas. In Radcliffe Square, you can see the Radcliffe Camera, All Souls and Brasenose Colleges, the Bodleian Library and the St Mary the Virgin church, the University church. Click here to see them in Virtual Oxford. 


Oxford University's museums and collections  provide an important resource for scholars around the world, and members of the public are welcome to look round them. 

  • Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology - the University’s extensive collections of art and antiquities, range back over four millennia. Established in 1683, it is the oldest museum in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. For details consult the website. Free admission.
  • University Museum of Natural History - the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological, palaeontological and mineral specimens. Visit the website for further details. Free admission.
  • Pitt Rivers Museum - one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology, with objects from every continent and from throughout human history. See the website for details. Free admission.
  • Museum of the History of Science - the finest collection of historic scientific instruments from around the globe. For further information, visit the websiteFree admission.
  • Bate Collection of Musical Instruments - celebrating the history and development of musical instruments of the Western Classical tradition, from the medieval period to the present day. Details can be found on the website.
  • University of Oxford Botanic Garden - the oldest botanic garden in Britain, which forms the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the world, this is also beautiful to walk in. Tolkien's favourite tree is still thriving here.  You can find details hereAdmission charge.
  • Christ Church Picture Gallery - This contains an important collection of 300 Old Master's paintings and almost 2,000 drawings in a purpose-built gallery of considerable architectural interest. See the website for more details. Admission charge.

You can find a brief history of the University of Oxford on the University's website.

Details of the museums and collections of the University can be found here and on the individual websites listed above.