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Oxford Literary Festival supported by the BBC

2nd March 2010

The BBC has reaffirmed its commitment to the Oxford Literary Festival for the third year, with a raft of writers working with the broadcaster on literary shows.

Richard Klein, controller of BBC Four, announced that several authors, including Owen Sheers, Andrew Martin, Vic Gatrell and Andrew Graham-Dixon, will be present at the event to discuss forthcoming literary programmes they have made for the channel.

In addition, Sebastian Faulks will reveal details of a major new literary series for BBC Two, while Richard E Grant will take another look at the programme he made on personal diaries.

Mr Klein commented: 'We're delighted to partner with the Oxford Literary Festival again this year as we feel that we share very similar ambitions for intelligent, witty and in-depth discussion about a subject we both feel passionately about.'

He also claimed that broadcasting programmes dedicated to great books and writers is one of the best ways to encourage a love of reading.

Meanwhile, a special event at the Oxford Literary Festival will see the shortlist for the Lost Man Booker Prize announced. The one-off honour will recognise the best book published in 1970, when many titles were not nominated as the accolade was awarded retrospectively.

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