Writing Oxford Otherwise

Where in Oxford can we get a t-shirt with Dambudzo Marechera’s face on it? Sure, he didn’t graduate, and he did allegedly attempt arson at New College in the 1970s… But he is one of Oxford’s most talented and (in)famous author-alumni. Marechera deserves at least as much recognition as the fictional Harry Potter, who, unless I am mistaken, was never a student at the university, and yet is the subject of frequent tours around the city and colleges. The author of The House of Hunger is not alone amongst the numbers of those writers who walked the streets of Oxford as student, staff or local, and yet, as one respondent commented: ‘No one ever talks about them!’