From 16th to 24th March 2024, the Oxford Literary Festival held in Oxford, England, will be hosting several events discussing veganism, and all festival dinners throughout the week will be plant-based. Among the events, Marlene Watson-Tara will share her guide to vegan food in a talk titled “Go Vegan: A Guide to Delicious Everyday Food” and discussions will be held on the environment and animal farming.

On 23rd March, vegan Professor Gary Francione and Anna Charlton will give a talk titled “Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals”. Francione is a world-leading authority on animal rights and the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school. He is a distinguished professor of law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University. Charlton is an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers University. Francione and Charlton co-founded the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic and are joint authors of a series of books on animal ethics and veganism.

Another talk would be an interview of television medic Dr Amir Khan who was among the signatories of an open letter to delegates to the COP27 climate conference in 2022 calling on world leaders to end factory farming and transform the global food system away from animal agriculture. 

Sally Dunsmore, the festival director, said, “We want everyone to come and enjoy The Oxford Literary Festival, including young people and children. Holding the festival in Oxford naturally reflects the spirit and tone of the University – where big ideas can be discussed, making the festival high bar whilst at the same time friendly and welcoming. We are exceptionally lucky because people want to come and speak at the festival. Along with the well-known, we are committed to showcasing those who have made a difference to our lives yet may not be familiar or recognise.”

Last year, the Oxford Union held one of its famous formal debates on veganism, and the motion “This House Would Go Vegan” was passed with 112 votes in favour and 84 against.

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.