A month ago I was at a party in Paris when I first met Todd Zuniga of Opium Magazine who also runs Literary Death Match. Being English, I made the unguarded comment, 'You should do that in Oxford. Everyone there's a writer.' Being American, he replied, terrifyingly, 'Sure - how about the first week in November?'.
Luckily I know Xander Cansell, Oxford's literary Mr Fix. Despite a slow start persuading people to be involved (might have been something to do with the word 'death' in the title*?) we ended up with a fine line-up including judges: multi-award winning poet and writer, Kate Clanchy; Idler editor, Dan Kieran and last-minute (I mean literarlly 30 minutes before) replacement for Tom Greeves, Ben Walker, who was not only lanconically hilarious but improvised on his guitar to order.
The pen is mightier than the sword. Those who live by the pen, die by the pen (or perhaps by a particularly savage game of musical chairs...).
Oh yes, and I did some live drawing...
(Poster and bad photo by me. Good photos by Garrett Coakley)
*No living authors were harmed during the making of this event.