Words for Winter: Tales of Home

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Words for Winter: Tales of Home

We hope you will join us this evening for ‘Words for Winter: Tales of Home’. The evening will showcase the best of Oxford’s writing. We will gather together over mulled wine, minced pies, and hot chocolate, to hear tales from all over the globe, of tradition, family, darkness, light and celebration. Selections from Oxford writers and beyond will be on display in the museum. This event is FREE and open to the public.

DateMon 28 Nov, 2016 @ 6:00PM

We hope you will join us this evening for ‘Words for Winter: Tales of Home'. The evening will showcase the best of Oxford’s writing. We gather together to hear tales from all over the globe, of tradition, family, darkness, light and celebration. 

Inspired by the migration of birds in winter, our theme explores what home means to you at this time of year. Does winter bring memories of festivals and celebrations, of eating too much and singing songs? Or is it about dark evenings relaxing with family and loved ones? Does winter bring you feelings of nostalgia? Were they better in the good old days, with White Christmasses and snowball fights? 

Oxford Writers' House will carefully select writers of different backgrounds and writing styles from across the City of Oxford. We invite people of all ages to join us this evening for mulled wine, hot chocolate, and rich stories from Oxford and beyond. Drinks will be held from 6pm, and readings will take place from 6:30-7:30pm.

Hear work from: 

~ Pete Salmond
Pete Salmond has explored many genres of guitar since his student days. Described as 'gossamer' by the host of Oxford's Catweazle Club, Pete has a passion for alternative tunings and delicate fingerstyle guitar, and been influenced by artists such as Nick Drake, Radiohead, David Gilmour and Porcupine Tree.

~ Charlene Pablo
Charlene Pablo was born in the Philippines and didn’t become acquainted with literature until she was 9 years old. Her impoverished childhood lifestyle and landscape differ greatly from today, her writings reflect these contradicting qualities. She is heavily inspired by the works of contemporary poets such as Carol Ann Duffy, Lang Leav, and Rupi Kaur. Not only does Charlene write poetry and short stories, she is also an artist and has drawn requested portraits for various clients. She was expected to become a doctor, but disobeyed her family’s wishes to pursue English Literature and Film Studies at Oxford Brookes. She uses many mediums to express herself, and has an interest in using new media formats poetically. Currently, she is working on a collection of poems called “Blues & Lilacs” which will explore her experiences with migration, literature, love, and mental illness. "

~ Erica McAlpine
Erica McAlpine was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently teaches English literature at Keble College, Oxford, where she lives with her husband and two children.  Her poems and translations have been published in magazines such as The Times Literary Supplement, The New Criterion, The Spectator, and Slate.  Her essays have appeared in magazines including Literary Imagination, Modernism/modernity, and Studies in Romanticism.  She studied English and Latin poetry as an undergraduate at Harvard before earning an MPhil from Cambridge and a PhD from Yale.  The Country Gambler, her first book of poems, was published by Shearsman Books in 2016.

~ Nancy Campbell
Nancy Campbell is a writer who works across disciplines, from poetry and essays to artist’s books. Nancy grew up in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland and her work is informed by these landscapes and borderlines. A series of residencies with Arctic research institutions has resulted in projects responding to cultural and climate change in polar and marine environments.
Nancy’s poetry collection Disko Bay (‘a beautiful debut from a deft, dangerous and dazzling new poet’–Carol Ann Duffy) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016. Her artist’s books include proviso, Death of a Foster Son and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet which received the Birgit Skiöld Award, and is now reissued in a new edition by MIEL.

~ Kate Clanchy
 Kate is is a Creative Writing Fellow of Oxford Brookes University, and Writer in Residence at Oxford Spires Academy. She has won a Forward Prize for her Poetry, the BBC National Short Story Prize, The Writer's Guild Award for her memoir, and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize for her novel and the Ted Hughes Award for her radio work. She is currently writing a book of essays about school.


This event will be held at

The Old Museum,

Oxford Town Hall

St Aldate’s OX1 1BX

Entrance via Blue Boar Street

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