Travel on the bill at Oxford festival

Writing on travel and place will feature strongly at the Oxford Literary Festival (March 25 to April 2). Speakers include Bettany Hughes, author of Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities; Madeleine Bunting, author of Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey; George Manginis, author of Mount Sinai: A History of Travellers and Pilgrims; the explorer John Blashford-Snell, talking about his life and career; Michael Haag, author of The Durrells of Corfu; the journalist Mike Thomson talking about The Raqqa Diaries, a young Syrian’s account of life under the savagery of Isis; Nicholas Jubber, author of The Timbuktu School for Nomads: Across the Sahara in the Shadow of Jihad; and the journalist William Chislett talking about British writers who have shaped our ideas of Spain.

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