Literary Oxford: The city’s not-so-secret history in books

Oxford’s dreaming spires is perhaps unparalleled in its rich literary history, having been the inspiration behind many volumes of fiction and poetry over the centuries. From Shelley to Pullman.┬áIt continues to feature as both the film and literary settings to many contemporary works, such as JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Continue reading “Literary Oxford: The city’s not-so-secret history in books”

Curiouser and curiouser: 10 quirky things you didn’t know about Oxford

1. The City of Dreaming Spires

You’ve probably heard Oxford being referred to as “The City of Dreaming Spires”, which befits the town perfectly. Indeed the phrase was referenced in The Faces’ “Itchycoo Park” back in the 1960s. But the phrase was originally coined by Oxford Poet, Matthew Arnold in his 1865 poem “Thyrsis”: Continue reading “Curiouser and curiouser: 10 quirky things you didn’t know about Oxford”