Also available to download via your favourite podcast player. In December 2018 we lost our colleague, teacher and friend Professor Michael O’Neill. Just before he died, Michael had completed his fifth collection of poetry, Crash and Burn and so, at a poignant poetry reading, we were able to remember Michael by celebrating the launch of... Continue Reading →
In his previous post, Dr Sam Thomas introduced his current research into how and why metal features in the work of Thomas Pynchon. Here he shares a playlist of songs that draw on widespread literary influences. Suggest your own in the comments or tweet #LiteraryMetal. A disclaimer: this list is in no way intended as... Continue Reading →
Metal music has a reputation for trouble, as reinforced in the forthcoming UK release of the film Lords of Chaos, about the band Mayhem and the disturbing crimes associated with the Norwegian black metal scene. Dr Sam Thomas, though, thinks that metal music has connections to literary art that should challenge traditional assumptions about both forms.
In the previous post in conversation with Jake Murray, we asked the director of Miss Julie – playing across the North East this March – about his personal experience of the play and what makes it challenging to produce and perform. In this second post, Jake explores the themes of the play itself, and explains... Continue Reading →
Revolutionary and controversial in its own time, and equally important in ours: Miss Julie is coming to the North East this March thanks to a new production by Elysium Theatre Company. In the first of a two-part interview with READ, director Jake Murray identifies the attractions of August Strindberg. You tweeted that Miss Julie was... Continue Reading →