The courses will be held in the elegant, wood-panelled Sutro Room at Trinity College. The room is named after John Sutro, who had literary associations with, among others, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene. Course delegates on previous Fictionfire courses have commented on what a beautiful location it is.
Trinity was founded in 1555: it is one of the smaller colleges of the University, with, as you would expect, historic buildings of great architectural interest and a particularly lovely garden.
The college is situated on Broad Street in the heart of Oxford, close to the Bodleian Library, the Sheldonian Theatre, Balliol, Exeter and Jesus Colleges.
At lunchtime, you can choose from a wide variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. During the lunch-break or after your course ends, you can enjoy exploring Trinity's gorgeous quadrangles and gardens, browse in the world-famous Blackwell's bookshop, visit the recently-renovated Ashmolean Museum, or simply stroll around Broad Street, Radcliffe Square and St Giles, soaking up the atmosphere and appreciating the glories of this wonderful city.
Trinity is unable to offer accommodation for my Fictionfire courses at this time: if you email me at email@example.com I will send you listings of hotels and guesthouses along with details of cafes, pubs and restaurants near the College. (Note: there may be some availability of rooms at Trinity for May 26th and 27th: please contact me to find out).
Trinity College is centrally placed, with excellent access on foot from the coach station at Gloucester Green and from the railway station.
If you arrive by TRAIN, taxis are of course available, but if you choose to walk, turn left after leaving the station: you will pass the Said Business School on your left, with its distinctive green ziggurat tower. You will have the Royal Oxford Hotel facing you. Keep to the left of the Royal Oxford, follow the road (the Futon Company will be on the right hand side of this street) over a bridge and you will be at the foot of George Street, with Nando's Restaurant on the corner on the right. Go up George Street and cross to Waterstone's - keep straight ahead. You are now on Broad Street. You will see the Oxford Tourist Information centre in the line of shops on the right hand side of the street. Trinity is on the left hand side of Broad Street, past Balliol and before you come to The White Horse pub and Blackwell's main bookshop.
If you arrive by COACH, get off at the terminus, at Gloucester Green and exit through to George Street, turning left up towards Waterstone's as above.
By ROAD, if you approach Oxford from the north, head down Banbury Road from the ring road, turn left onto Parks Road with the University Parks on your left and drive straight on down to the traffic lights with the King's Arms pub on your left. Turn right into Broad Street: Trinity will be on the right, opposite Blackwell's Art Shop and Blackwell's Music Shop.
By road from the west, drive along the Botley Road past the railway station, follow the road round to the left of the Royal Oxford Hotel and turn right at the second traffic lights (the first is the pedestrian crossing at the foot of George Street) onto Beaumont Street, passing the Oxford Playhouse on your right. At the end of Beaumont Street, turn left onto St Giles, follow the right hand fork onto the Banbury Road, and then turn right onto Parks Road, following the same directions from then on as if coming from the north.
From the south by road, follow the signs for the station, then follow the same directions as if from the west.
From the east by road, come down either London Road and St Clements (from London), or the Cowley or Iffley Road - they all feed onto the Plain roundabout. The one way system will take you to South Parks Road through the university's science area, from which you turn left onto Parks Road and follow it to the traffic lights by the King's Arms and turn right onto Broad Street.
Whatever you do, follow the traffic restrictions and one-way signage. Do not stray onto the High Street! Oxford's fines and penalties are punitive.
Parking is available on St Giles, at Gloucester Green underground car park and on Broad Street. However, parking is limited and expensive, so I would recommend you consider using the city's Park and Ride system: see http://www.oxford.gov.uk/transport/park-and-ride.cfm