FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Corpus Christi College
Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JF

Enemies of Greatness: Literature and Freedom

Literature cannot exist without freedom; and literature is primarily about freedom. But how much has the literature of our times become subject to mental and cultural restrictions? Are there expectations and pressures brought to bear on writers that subtly undermine the freedom of their imaginations? How much of literature has been culturally desired and determined? Can too much freedom make writers unengaged? Can too little freedom make them focus too much on the bars of their imprisonment?

Joanne, together with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri and writer Jessica Harris discuss the urgent issue of literature and freedom, an issue at the very heart of our troubled times.

Tickets: £12.00