Sunday Times ends Oxford Literary Festival sponsorship

Sunday Times ends Oxford Literary Festival sponsorship

The Sunday Times has pulled out of its sponsorship of the Oxford Literary Festival after nearly 10 years.

The London Evening Standard’s diary reported the news, attributing the move to in-fighting between the Sunday paper and sister publication the Times, and saying both papers will instead sponsor the Cheltenham Literary Festival, previously sponsored by the Times alone.

A spokesperson for the Oxford Literary Festival dismissed concerns over the loss of the Sunday Times’ sponsorship, telling The Bookseller the festival has around 40 other backers including Amazon, the Ashmolean and the Folio Society. 

The spokesperson confirmed the festival would go ahead in March next year, with speakers set to include A C Grayling, Anthony Horowitz and Artemis Cooper.

A spokesperson for The Times said: "The Sunday Times has concluded a successful sponsorship of the Oxford Literary Festival and the team is currently considering new partnerships with the literary world."

Jane Furze, Cheltenham Literature Festival Director, said: "We look forward to continuing to work with The Times, our title sponsor now for eight years, and are currently exploring ways in which we could extend our partnership."