Here Be Dragons: the Oxford Fantasy Literature Summer School

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Artist: Minjie Su

'Here be Dragons': the Oxford Fantasy Literature summer school will be held in September 2018, and is open to everyone.

Speakers from the Oxford English Faculty and other UK universities will look at different aspects of the genre, through 14 talks delivered over three days. Along with talks focussing on the works of individual authors such as G. R. R. Martin, Ursula Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones, and overviews of the history of fantasy, there will be a number of short lectures on wider themes such as fantastic beasts, writing processes, and Arthurian fantasy. The draft programme can be seen here.

An optional 90-minute evening walk will be available (subject to sufficient interest) on September 11th, giving participants a chance to explore some less-visited parts of Oxford with long-term Oxford resident, local historian and author Mark Davies. Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman will feature strongly, but by no means exclusively, in a walk which will include the Victorian suburb of Jericho (home to Oxford University Press), the Oxford Canal, and sidestream of the River Thames. The walk will end at Oxford Castle, rich with Arthurian associations, and convenient for the pubs and restaurants of central Oxford. The cost of the walk is £5; please email Mark Davies to register your interest.

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Cost: £200 (£150 for students/unwaged), additional £65 for the optional dinner at Wadham College.

Day rate: £80 per day (£60 for students/unwaged).

Discounted rates are available for bookings of 5 or more places; for further information please contact

To book your place, click here.

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