Friction Talks is an Oxford-based collective staging creative events in a venue near you. The clue’s in the name: we like to shake things up a little and bring you speakers—both emerging and established writers, artists, campaigners and musicians—who are each, in their own way, breaking the mould. We stage our events in easily accessible, democratic spaces. Most importantly, we do it either for free or at the minimum cost to our audience.
Friction Talks evolved out of arts charity Artisjustaword. Over the past couple of years we have staged events with writers and artists including Claire-Louise Bennett, Lina Wolff, Iain Sinclair, Grayson Perry, Marina Warner, Dan Fox, Peter Tatchell, Kirill Medvedev, James Attlee, Cornelia Parker, George Monbiot, Kae Bahar and Jem Finer, among others. Most of our events have been staged at Quarter Horse Cafe on Cowley Road , but we are also engaged in building exciting partnerships with organisations including Poppadom Pictures, Film Oxford and the Ultimate Picture Palace, among others.
“I really enjoyed taking part in Friction Talks. James (Attlee) is an informed, expansive and convivial host, guided by instinct more than format, so the conversation felt very fresh and uncontrived. My thanks too… to a particularly responsive audience. From the moment I arrived in Oxford to my departure the following morning it was a truly heart-warming and memorable experience”. Claire-Louise Bennett
Giving this literary talk felt different from other occasions, distinctively warm and engaged. I really enjoyed the whole thing—the general sense of lively companionship on the street.
– Marina Warner