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Oxford: city of writers and wordplay

Puns, printing and personas

Oxford is a city built on words: from its centuries as home to word-loving academics, its role as a publishing centre and as home to famous authors and characters. 

This talk offers stories throughout the history of the city and its people (real and imagined), and celebrates the many forms of wordplay to relish on its streets and walls. The talk is quirky and offbeat - just like Oxford. 


  • Find the wordplay in coats of arms and college names.

  • Learn why Oxford is famed for printing.

  • Discover the Oxford origin of the term ‘spoonerisms’.

  • Meet Oxford’s most famous writers and fictional characters.


  • This presentation is suitable for organisations such as Civic Societies and local history groups. I'm very flexible about times and dates. I can also deliver it online.


Contact me to discuss your booking.

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