2017 — now seemingly so long ago — was a tumultuous year that came with a few surprises. Outside the political sphere and at the most local level, there was the unexpected snow that covered Oxford like frosting atop of a cake. The snow was quickly gone, but the novel vision has remained. For a city that is stuck in perpetual autumn, that fresh look offered a possibility to see things differently.
2018 has already brought a couple of minor snowfalls, the latest being this past weekend. It is unclear what else the year might bring, but let’s hope for good books and more writing time, for welcome criticisms and inspired projects. The first event of 2018 at the Oxford Writers’ House is the Poetry Open Mic arranged together with the Oxford University Poetry Society (see here for details). If you like rhythm and rhymes, and the kind of wine that stains your teeth blue, you should definitely come!
The view above is that of Turl Street and three Colleges at once: Exeter on the left, Jesus on the right, and the tower of the Lincoln College library directly ahead. Turl Street was named after a ‘twirling’ gate that had once stood here; the gate you see in the picture leads to the bicycle parking of Jesus College and produces no twirling.
‘OxShot’ is our brand new visual essay from Katariina Kottonen (Chance & Physics). Every Monday, get a glimpse of the city’s literary life, and be reminded of its astonishing cultural richness. One take, for your double-take.