24th November 2017 – 7th January 2018
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
The Weston Library
Hundreds of portraits of exceptional individuals hang on the walls of the University of Oxford: celebrating our past, making visible our values for the future, and helping shape the present environment.
The full picture: Oxford in portraits displays new portraits of a diverse range of people selected from over a hundred nominations of living Oxonians.Jeanette Winterson is one of Britain’s most famous living writers, published in eighteen countries. Her many novels include the landmark account of working-class lesbian coming-of-age, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Her own coming out at sixteen resulted in homelessness: her adopted mother rejecting her by demanding, ‘why be happy when you can be normal?’ Nevertheless, Winterson studied English at St. Catherine’s College, and is now Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester.Extract from the Guardian newspaper: Maev Kennedy
…..’What the subjects have in common is their high intelligence and that although they gaze with calm confidence from their portraits – and in the case of the novelist Jeanette Winterson portrayed by Gerard Hanson, perched on a doorstep in well-polished boots, ready to dismantle any challenger – almost certainly there were moments for all of them when they felt like awkward outsiders during their time at Oxford University…..