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.
Complete Alphabetical Listing of Podcasts
- An Evening with TS Eliot, by Gareth Reeves and Jason Harding
- Beauty, Pain and Violence: Through Lessing to King Lear, by David Fuller
- Beauty, the Most Moral of All Values, by James Woodward
- Bloomsbury, Beauty and After: Idealist Aesthetics in Materialist Times, by Patricia Waugh
- ‘Enigmatical Beauty of Each Beautiful Enigma’: The Persistent Poetics of Beauty and Death in Walt Whitman and Wallace Stevens, by Mark Sandy
- Gareth Reeves Reads From His Poetry Collection, To Hell with Paradise, by Gareth Reeves
- How Literature Changes the Way We Think About Ageing, by Michael Mack
- John Clegg and Gareth Reeves Discuss the Challenges of Researching and Writing Poetry, by Gareth Reeves and John Clegg
- John Clegg Reads From His Poetry Collection, Antler, by John Clegg
- Lamia Beauty and Problematic Sylphs in the Works of the Brontes and George Eliot, by Sarah Wootton
- Mindful Beauty: Ideas and Ideals in Medieval Literature, by Corinne Saunders
- Mirrors of Madness: Emotional Blindness, Narcissistic Doubling and Paranoia in Nabokov’s Lolita (1955) and Pale Fire (1962), by Sabine Ursula Mercer
- The Changing Face of Collection in Folk Music: A Short Lecture in Ethnomusicology, by Elise Gayraud
- The Decline of British Fiction, by Patricia Waugh and Jennifer Hodgson
- The Difficulty of Beauty: Hopkins, Yeats, Crane, Spender, by Michael O’Neill
- The Great War in the Magazines, by Ann-Marie Einhaus
- The White Review: A Journal For Our Times, by Benjamin Eastham and Jacques Testard
- Ugly Meanings in Beautiful Things: Reading and Desire in Fin-de-Siècle Fiction, by Simon James