What’s On at the Oxford Indie Book Fair

Professor Irene Tracey will open the fair with photoshoot with the exhibitors at 10.45am

Talks and presentations take place all day long in the main hall, attendance is free. Drop in at any time you like.


Oxford – a hub for science , innovation and diversity

Professor Irene Tracey

Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey CBE FRS FMedSci, grew up in Kidlington and completed her undergraduate degree and doctorate at Merton College, Oxford, in biochemistry. With the exception of a few years at Harvard Medical School she has spent her career in Oxford. She was Warden of Merton College from 2019-22 and is also Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, a department she led for several years. Professor Tracey was a founding member of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB – now the world-leading Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging); she was its Director from 2005 until 2015. She became Vice-Chancellor in January 2023, with one of her commitments being to strengthen and deepen the relationships between the city, county and University.
Professor Tracey’s research on the neuroscience of pain has contributed to a better understanding of pain perception and its relief in the human brain. She has used neuroimaging to better understand anaesthesia-induced altered states of consciousness. She has won academic and international prizes throughout her career, most recently election as a Fellow of the Royal Society, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Medical Research in 2022.

11:45 – 12:15

Oxford-murder capital of the world

Chris Andrews Publications has produced Oxford guide books for 40 years. Chris will chair a discussion between experienced crime writer Peter Tickler, and Sylvia Vetta author and freelance writer who will launch her first whodunit Current of Death.

Sylvia Vetta
Peter Tickler


Launch of The British Air Power Delusion (1906-1941)

Neil Datson

In this well-researched history Neil Datson argues that the decision to establish the RAF as an independent force in 1918 ultimately weakened Britain’s armed forces. The country’s senior generals and admirals foresaw the problems that were to ensue but were overruled by press and politicians. A whole generation of leaders—including Churchill—were parties to the blunder. Datson tells the story of the formative years of British air power with thought-provoking insight.


“… a fascinating tour through British military aviation’s formative years.”

– Nick Jellicoe


Panel Discussion on How to Sell your Books

Dr Miriam Johnson

Dr Miriam J Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Publishing & Subject Coordinator for the MA in Publishing at the School of Arts, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment Oxford Brookes University.

Rosie Talbot

Rosie Talbot (Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, History of Art 2009) is an author, bookseller and Booktocker. She’s a graduate of Curtis Brown Creative and Write Mentor. Her about-to-be self-published debut novel Sixteen Souls was acquired directly by Scholastic after gaining traction on social media as @merrowchild.

14:00 – 14:15

Vote for Honesty and Get Democracy Done

James Harrison of Oxfordfolio will interview Ann Whitehead who will launch Vote for Honesty and Get Democracy Done (Claret Press)

Anne Whitehead

Democracy requires honesty in governance. This succinct and well-researched guide offers a solution to the increasing problem of dishonest behaviour in politics. She posits a Vote for Honesty campaign with cross-party support plus public pressure to improve political honesty through legal compliance.
“Nourishing food for thought for the honest politicians and millions of good democrats of all parties who firstly need to be honest.”
Graham Allen, former MP and Chair of the Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform.
Ann Whitehead originally studied law and wrote this book to empower ordinary people to believe ‘there is a point’ to getting involved in politics.

14:45 – 15:15

Breaking Barriers and how access to books can help with upward mobility

Nancy Mudenyo Hunt

Nancy Mundenyo Hunt founder of the Nasio Trust and Exit 7 was born in Kenya. Her father refused to pay her school fees. Despite that start in life, Nancy has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Reading University and presented with NatWest’s most inspirational woman award. Not so Black and White is inspired by her story including her time as a diversity trainer for Thames Valley Police. It is set in London and west Kenya and tackles family feuds, gang wars, a courtroom drama. Themes of racial, sexual and class prejudice are finely woven through the story. It was released during Covid.

15:30 – 16:15

Poetry Slam and open mike compered by Niall Munroe of Oxford Brookes University and ignitionpress.

Dr. Niall Munro

This event features readings by four local poets and the chance for anyone to read in the open mic (one poem or a maximum of three minutes). To register your interest in reading at the open mic, please e-mail: poetrycentre@brookes.ac.uk