The BBC has all these old interviews with writers on their site, with everyone from PG Wodehouse to Virginia Woolf. But by far the best thing you’ll ever watch about literature is the half hour piece on JRR Tolkien, which intersperses shots around Oxford and of Oxford students discussing LOTR & the “American cult” of fans in 1968. It’s great.

Also, if you’re keeping track of who went to Oxford and wrote a beloved children’s book that went on to sell thousands of copies and be turned into a movie, the short list is Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Philip Pullman, and J.K. Rowling. Also, those scenes in the library in Harry Potter? Shot in the Bodlien. (That is the crazy old library at Oxford.) Oxford is also the only specific location in England I have been to besides the part in/around London, somewhat related to the previous section of this paragraph.