Individual Championships

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Welcome to the page for OQL Live VIII! A series of individual written quizzes taking places at venues across the country on 8 months of the year. Here you can see the full schedule for the year and register for the upcoming event or register for all remaining events in a calendar year to receive a discount.

Entry fee for each event is just £11 (with a £2 surcharge for London) and for that you will get a full day of quizzing fun, the expected schedule for each event is listed below.

Approximate schedule for the day of each quiz is as follows (at some venues times may vary slightly)

11:00 – Arrive

11:30 – Quiz begins

13:15 – Quiz ends, marking begins

14:00 – Marking ends – lunch

15:00 – Fun team quizzes

17:00 – Expected finish time but some venues may continue quizzing later.

There are 8 events across the year and here is the full schedule and who will be writing the quizzes for those events.

January 20th - Aidan Linge

February 24th - Rachel Clark and Alexia Jarvis

March 23rd - OQL World Championships written by Rob Hannah

April 27th - Andrew and Frankie Fanko

June 29th - Innis Carson and Jon Stitcher

July 27th - Best of British and Irish quiz written by Aaron Linge. This event will form part of the OQL British Quiz Weekender so there will be fewer separate venues.

September 28th - Jack Bennett

October 26th - Lauren Hamer and Lucy Reynolds

The categories are the standard 8 OQL categories with a few minor changes. All questions will be written by Aidan Linge and edited by Rob Hannah and you can see the category distribution below.


🎨 Art & Culture

  • Visual arts (including sculpture, photography, and conceptual art)
  • Literature (including theatre)
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Mythology
  • Architecture
  • Classical music (including opera, ballet, and non-Western classical music)
  • Orchestral instruments

📹 Film & TV

  • Television (including streaming services) (and anime!)
  • Film
  • TV and film awards

🌍 Geography

  • Human geography
  • Physical geography
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Language and linguistics

📜 History

  • History
  • Politics
  • Current events and news
  • Exploration

🍳 Lifestyle

  • Food and drink
  • Products and brands (including advertising and retail)
  • Health and fitness (medicine brands, etc. go here but medical science goes in Science)
  • Social issues (including queer theory, race theory, and feminist theory)
  • Handicrafts
  • Hobbies and pastimes
  • Fashion and clothing
  • Social media and the internet
  • Newspapers and (non-pop culture) magazines
  • New Age lifestyle (including alternative medicine)
  • Celebrity lifestyle (including gossip)

🎶 Pop Culture

  • Pop music (including rock, blues, metal, and non-Western pop music, etc.)
  • Jazz
  • Musical theatre
  • Podcasts
  • Radio
  • Video games
  • Board games (except chess) and card games
  • Comic books, cartoons, and manga
  • Pop culture magazines and publications

🥼 Science

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Human anatomy and medical science
  • Nature (including zoology and botany, etc.)
  • Astronomy
  • Earth sciences (including geology, climatology, meteorology, etc.)
  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Science history

🏅 Sport

  • Sport (including chess)

Each category will have a nearest the bull tie-breaker and there will be an overall tie-breaker as well.


See Individual Championships - Venues