Top of the Podcasts: Five Years of Late Summer Lectures

totp_stickyBefore Late Summer Lectures 2016 kicks off on 17th August, get an idea of what to expect by listening to some of the excellent talks from previous series. Here are the top five most popular podcasts as listened to by you.

While these lectures take place in summer, some of you clearly prefer the dark valleys of fictional worlds to the sunny fields of reality. David Varley took us deep into the weird mind, and weirder worlds, of H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction.

Think that steampunk is a modern genre? And that Charles Dickens just wrote long novels about complex social problems? Think again. Elizabeth Drialo delved into the wacky narratives of Charles Dickens’s Mudfog Papers. Featuring a man with a railway in his pocket, and a robot police force, she made a case for this as being an early version of steampunk.

You evidently enjoy solving puzzles, if the popularity of Michael Baker‘s decoding of old English riddles is anything to go by. In this talk from our 2015 series, Michael focused especially on the masterpiece called The Dream of the Rood.

Our lectures take place in the North East, and it was appropriate that Annabel Haynes drew us back to a time when the region was the centre of poetic counterculture. In the 1960s Newcastle’s Morden Tower hosted experimental poets from all over the world, although its most famous readings were those by the Northumbrian master, Basil Bunting.

These days Iceland is popularly visited for its spectacular volcanoes and landscapes seen on screen in series like Game of Thrones. However, as Thomas Spray explains, Icelandic tourism began in the Victorian period as visitors sought to follow in the footsteps of the Viking sagas.

These are just five podcasts from our previous Late Summer Lecture series. Listen to them all via our Public Lectures page, or on our Mixcloud channel. We’ll be podcasting talks from Late Summer Lectures 2016 as well, but you’ll only get the full visual experience and chance to debate with the speakers by coming along in person. Check out the full programme, which runs weekly from 17th August.


What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.