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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.

New Podcast: JL Williams on the Origins of Her Poetry

When she was growing up in rural New Jersey, JL Williams wrote a play about pirates. Today, Williams is best known as a poet, but she has continued to sail across various genres, including visual arts, dance, theatre, and, most recently, opera. Although Williams may have put pirates long behind her, associations with the sea,...... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: JL Williams on the Origins of Her Poetry

New Podcast: Explore Utopian York

https://soundcloud.com/user-625496360/sets/utopian-york-festival-of-ideas The historic City of York embodies many stories from the past, but also has a story to tell about our possible future. A series of walking tour podcasts produced for York Festival of Ideas invite us to explore the city's hidden dimensions. Along the route, presenters Sarah Lohmann and Adam Stock introduce their own research into...... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Explore Utopian York

New Podcast: Will Harris on Becoming a Poet

It can seem dauntingly difficult for a young poet to gain a name and to get published by a respected press or magazine. But that’s exactly what Will Harris has achieved with his 2017 pamphlet All this is implied, a collection that explores the complexities of being a person of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage.  In this...... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Will Harris on Becoming a Poet

New Podcast: Polly Atkin on the Places of Her Poetry

Polly Atkin published her first full length poetry collection, Basic Nest Architecture, in 2017. Like her two pamphlets before it - bone song (2008) and Shadow Dispatches (2013) – Basic Nest Architecture won critical acclaim, including New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize. Suzannah V. Evans chatted with Polly about the roots of her poetic life in places...... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Polly Atkin on the Places of Her Poetry

New Podcast: Gillian Allnutt on a Life in Poetry

Gillian Allnutt is the author of nine collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Wake, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018. Ahead of its publication, Suzannah V. Evans caught up with Gillian Allnutt at the StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews, to reflect on her career in writing and to hear her read from...... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Gillian Allnutt on a Life in Poetry

Reimagining the Wordsworths: Poetry and Diaries

The words of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy are brought to audible life in a sound piece produced in a collaboration between the Wordsworth Trust, the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, and students from Keswick School. Our PhD researcher Hannah Piercy introduces the second installment. This post is reproduced courtesy of the Wordsworth Trust. The...... Continue Reading →

Reimagining the Wordsworths: Poetry and Diaries

New Podcast: Michael O’Neill Launches His Poetry Collection, Return of the Gift

Professor Michael O’Neill is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is Return of the Gift. In this reading, recorded in February 2018, Michael O'Neill talks about and reads from this new work - but he begins by going back to the roots of his first collection, The Stripped Bed....... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Michael O’Neill Launches His Poetry Collection, Return of the Gift

Re-Imagining the Wordsworths: A Soundpiece

The words of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy are brought to audible life in a sound piece produced in a collaboration between the Wordsworth Trust, the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, and students from Keswick School. Jemima Short introduces the first installment. This post is reproduced courtesy of the Wordsworth Trust. A group of...... Continue Reading →

Re-Imagining the Wordsworths: A Soundpiece

New Podcast: Becoming Sea: A Blurred Lyric of the Ocean

We humans are creatures of the land, who usually observe the sea from above its surface. Beneath the surface, though, the sea looks, sounds and feels like a distinct and unique environment.  The poet Sarah Hymas invites us beneath the waves, to perceive the sea and the interrelationship between sea and land, between it and...... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: Becoming Sea: A Blurred Lyric of the Ocean

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 terms with the aftermath of the pit closures. Communities are nostalgic for the past, but don't genuinely want to return to it; at the same...... Continue Reading →

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

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