December 1, 2022

Dons accuses Oxford University of trying to ‘kill’ critical magazine

Over its illustrious 150-year history, it has published the early works of some of the country’s greatest literary figures, including JRR TolkienCS Lewis and WH Auden.

But now the Oxford Magazine has been forced to cease publication, with professors accusing university management of successfully trying to ‘kill’ him over his critical articles.

The magazine, which was founded in 1883 and describes itself as “a forum for the free expression of opinion within the university”, contains reviews, poems and commentaries by Oxford scholars.

Dons says they were forced to cease publication following management changes imposed by the university’s top brass. The magazine has only been online since December 2020.

The people behind the magazine have now launched a fightback in an attempt to revive the publication.

Crush “a vehicle of free speech”

‘This is management trying to crush a free speech vehicle because it might be free speech they don’t want to read,’ a senior donor told the Telegraph.

“They say it’s related to GDPR and data protection but we think that is nonsense. We guess they just don’t like him because he sometimes criticizes the great and good of the university. I suspect they’re just using this as an excuse to kill him.

The magazine, which appears four times per term, is edited by academics but distributed and published through official university channels.

It printed articles and poems by some of the most famous British writers of the 20th century. A joint poem by C. S. Lewis and Owen Barfield titled “Abecedarium Philosophicum” was published in the magazine in 1933.

The following year, JRR Tolkien’s poem “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil” was published in the magazine; this was the first appearance of the character who later featured in his novel The Lord of the Rings.

WH Auden published an early poem, “The Sunken Lane” in the magazine, and crime writer Dorothy Sayers appeared in its pages.