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Department of English Studies

Podcasts

Many of our public lectures, seminars and conferences are recorded, and can be listened to as podcasts. For more podcasts, visit our blog Research English At Durham or visit us on Mixcloud.

Andrew McMillan performs his Durham Book Festival poem, ‘Coalfield Dementia’

Andrew McMillan was Durham Book Festival poet laureate in 2017. He performs a new poem, ‘Coalfield Dementia’, inspired by how towns and villages across the North East have come to […]

Andrew McMillan performs his Durham Book Festival poem, ‘Coalfield Dementia’

Charles Dickens and Christmas Time

Professor Simon James discusses Charles Dickens’s enduringly popular novel, A Christmas Carol. Christmas is a period of the year when we mark the turning of the seasons and recall our […]

Charles Dickens and Christmas Time

The Magic Lantern from the Necromancers to the Marketplace

Roll up! Roll up! Experience a Victorian magic lantern show, performed by Phillip Roberts using traditional nineteenth-century equipment. This film was recorded following the show’s premiere at our series Late Summer […]

The Magic Lantern from the Necromancers to the Marketplace

How Poetry Helped to Solve a 70 Year Mystery

For Karl Smith and his friends, the scout trip to Oxwich Bay in Wales should have been a great boyhood adventure. But it was a trip from which Karl never returned. […]

How Poetry Helped to Solve a 70 Year Mystery

New Podcast: When Masters Became Tragic Heroes

In 1592 the face of theatre changed forever. From the death of Julius Caesar and its wide political ramifications, to the love between Antony and Cleopatra played out on an […]

New Podcast: When Masters Became Tragic Heroes

New Podcast: Eugenics in Utopian Literature

The idea of genetic engineering may conjure visions of futuristic horror, such as mutant human beings with peculiar powers. But some novels and stories, particularly within utopian literature, imagine more […]

New Podcast: Eugenics in Utopian Literature

“Pictures” and “Signs”: Creative Thinking in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prose

Percy Bysshe Shelley is best-known as a poet, but his prose writings were extensive and powerful. In his plenary lecture at the Shelley Conference 2017, Professor Michael O’Neill explores how Shelley’s […]

“Pictures” and “Signs”: Creative Thinking in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prose

New Podcast: Dickens’s Ghosts: An Altered Perspective

“Marley’s ghost bothered him exceedingly.  Every time he resolved within himself, after mature enquiry, that it was all a dream, his mind flew back again, like a strong spring released, […]

New Podcast: Dickens’s Ghosts: An Altered Perspective

New Podcast: Fiction and the Victorian Vivisector

The idea of vivisection – performing surgical experiments on live animals in the name of science – makes many people squeamish. Not surprisingly, the ethics of animal experimentation were hotly […]

New Podcast: Fiction and the Victorian Vivisector

New Podcast: Tics in the Theatre: The ‘Quiet Audience’ and the Neurodivergent Spectator

Do you get annoyed when people rustle their crisp packets or check their mobile phones in the theatre? If so you’re probably not alone – but you might be surprised […]

New Podcast: Tics in the Theatre: The ‘Quiet Audience’ and the Neurodivergent Spectator

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Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies

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