Alison McQueen


Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

I have always loved Oxford and spent a great deal of time there when I was a teenager, so the invitation to speak at Christ Church was a no brainer. Yet the subject matter – Empire in 21st Century Fiction – seems insanely huge. So huge in fact, that I have done no preparation for it at all. My specialist area of Empire is that slice of Indian history that saw the fall of what became known as the Raj. And the more I learn about it, the less I realise I know, and I have been studying the subject for as long as I can remember. 

Hopefully there will be a nice glass of Pimms available in the green room and we’ll see how the event unfolds. Either way, very much looking forward to it. I love doing festivals.

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