Welcome to our podcasts, featuring interviews and readings by some of our researchers. You can also download recordings of many of our public lectures, delivered to be accessible and interesting for a wide audience. If you have enjoyed any of these podcasts, please help us by leaving your feedback at the bottom of the page.
These podcasts include readings and discussions of poetry by our published creative writers and researchers. They also celebrate poetry as a spoken art form, with public readings of well known poets run by the Centre for Poetry and Poetics.
This series of podcasts explores how reading and studying literature can have a wider social value. Understanding how literary writers have represented issues such as ageing, world politics, or science can help us to construct better societies today.
This series of podcasts looks at the role literature plays in wider history and culture. How does literature reflect and offer a window onto historical moments? What role does literature play within society as a whole?
Recordings of public lectures delivered by our academics and researchers. The Department of English runs or co-organises a wide variety of lectures every year, for the benefit of a broad audience. To find details of future events, or to subscribe to our monthly events newsletter, visit English Events at Durham.
- Academic Conferences and Lectures
- Easter Lectures 2014
- Dramatising the speaking voice: John Donne and George Herbert
- Hesiod’s Works and Days. Myth, Realism and Every Man
- Masculinity, Mimicry and the Crisis of Agency in the Colonial Contact-zone: A Study of George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant”
- Text Within Text
- The Saracen ‘Other’ in Middle English Romance
- Women, Science, and the Body in Mid-Victorian Literary Culture
- Easter Lectures 2014
- Poetry Aloud
- An Evening with TS Eliot, by Dr Gareth Reeves and Dr Jason Harding
- Gareth Reeves Reads From His Poetry Collection, To Hell with Paradise
- John Clegg and Gareth Reeves Discuss the Challenges of Researching and Writing Poetry
- John Clegg Reads From His Poetry Collection, Antler
- Lorna Goodison: Meet the Durham Book Festival Laureate 2012
- Michael O’Neill Reads from Gangs of Shadow
- Tom Pickard Reads from his Poetry
- Public Lectures
- Late Summer Lectures 2014
- Literary Criticism and the Fantastic
- Late Summer Lecture Series 2013
- Dickensian Steampunk: Charles Dickens and His Overlooked Mudfog Papers
- Monkey Besynesse: Patronage and Print, or the Ape and the Book
- Jane Eyre and Masculinity
- Ghosting, Place, and Wuthering Heights
- Hideous Repasts: from Varney the Vampyre to Hannibal the Cannibal
- Airmen, Aeroplanes, and Aesthetics: Pilots in Irish War Poetry
- ‘Such Terrifying Vistas of Reality’: Lunatic Landscapes in the Works of H. P. Lovecraft
- Howling From the City Walls: Poetry and Counter-Culture in 1960s Newcastle
- Late Summer Lecture Series 2012
- Outrageously Modern! Avant-Garde Magazines that Shocked Britain 1884-1922
- The Persistence of Beauty: Tennyson to MacNeice
- The Recovery of Beauty
- The Uses of Literature
- Literature, History, Culture