Opera star Jessye to lift lid on her life at literary festival

Opera singer Jessye Norman

Opera singer Jessye Norman

First published in News

SINGERS and scientists feature in an impressive line-up of speakers announced for the 2014 Blenheim Literary Festival.

The American Grammy award-winning contemporary opera singer Jessye Norman will be talking about her life at the Woodstock festival, which runs from September 25 to 28.

The 68-year-old is expected to talk about her life growing up in Georgia, singing at presidential inaugurations and setting up a tuition-free performing arts after-school program for economically disadvantaged students.

Oxford Mail:

Celebrated director, actor, author, television presenter and humorist, Jonathan Miller, above, will be the speaker at the festival’s dinner.

The world of rock will be represented by Steve Hogarth, of the British band Marillion, who will be performing and talking about his diaries.

The festival brings hundreds of visitors to Woodstock every September, with few book festivals able to rival the setting of the palace.

Our sister paper, The Oxford Times, is again acting as media partner.

The Oxford scientist, Richard Dawkins, often dubbed the world’s best known atheist, will be talking about his early life, featured in his memoir An Appetite For Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

The celebrated evolutionary biologist will also choose some of his favourite music, to be played by the Orchestra of St John.

The television scientist Alice Roberts, presenter of the BBC science series The Incredible Human Journey and Origins of Us, will be speaking about her book The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being.

The great political issue of the day will also figure prominently this year.

The former Tory Cabinet Minister Liam Fox will discuss Putin and Russia, while the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey will speak on moral dilemmas, including the issue that recently put him in the headlines, assisted death.

Oxford Mail:

Festival director Sally Dunsmore, above, said: “Our aim is to offer festival-goers just that little bit more than the average festival. So, we have the poet Jeremy Robson talking about his poems with readings by Maureen Lipman and song by Jacqui Dankworth.

“We have some innovative performances of Shakespeare, and people will even be able to buy jewellery from the Alex Monroe collection.’’ Tickets can be purchased online at blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com or from the box office at The Feathers hotel, Woodstock.

Our top stories:

Speed limit to be cut to 50mph along stretch of A34 from December 1

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

5:10pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

THE speed limit on a stretch of the A34 will be cut to 50mph for six months to allow drainage work to be carried out.

Colourful theme for fundraiser’s funeral

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

A MUSCULAR dystrophy sufferer who raised funds in the fight against the disease has died aged 27.

Delays on trains from London Paddington to Oxford due to signalling problems at Ealing Broadway

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

3:21pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

TRAIN services from London Paddington to Oxford are being affected by cancellations and half-hour delays as a result of signalling problems.

What's in our interactive back page today?

Oxford Mail:

12:04pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

Check out what is in our interactive back page today...

Updated: Traffic lights back on after crash in Abingdon Road

Oxford Mail:

8:41am Tuesday 25th November 2014

The traffic lights are not working on the A4144 Abingdon Road at B4495 Weirs Lane.

What is in our interactive front page for today?

Oxford Mail:

10:38am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Here's today's interactive front page, with live links to the featured stories and also the latest headlines constantly updated

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree