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1 Poetry and Life-Writing: Panel-Led Workshop 1 Bringing together experts working at the intersection of literature, human rights, foreign policy and peace initiatives, this workshop explored the role of poetry and life-writing in post-war healing. Dunya Mikhail, Philippe Sands, Lord John Alderdice, Jeremy Treglown 21 Nov 2017
2 Dunya Mikhail speaks to Alex Donnelly Iraqi-American poet Dunya Mikhail talks to Alex Donnelly about commemoration, reconnection and poetry as ‘a museum of feeling’. Dunya Mikhail, Alex Donnelly 21 Nov 2017
3 Interview with Lord John Alderdice Lord John Alderdice (Liberal Democrat peer and Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC)) talks to Johana Musalkova and Rita Phillips about poetry, peace processes and the challenges of creating positive commemoration. Lord John Alderdice, Johana Musalkova, Rita Phillips 20 Nov 2017
4 The Hawks and the Doves – raptors and rapture in the poetry of Thom Gunn and Ted Hughes. Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage discusses the poems of Thom Gunn and Ted Hughes. Simon Armitage 15 Nov 2017
5 M. NourbeSe Philip on the haunting of history M. NourbeSe Philip reads from She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1988) and Zong! (2008) as she describes her poetic development. M NourbeSe Philip, Marina Warner, Matthew Reynolds, Elleke Boehmer 25 Aug 2017
6 D-Empress Dianne Regisford presents ‘Hersto-rhetoric? Na so today!!!’ D-Empress Dianne Regisford presents a performance installation that explores the notion of the liberated woman from an African feminist perspective. D-Empress Dianne Regisford, Rev J, Erica Lombard 25 Aug 2017
7 Daljit Nagra on voice and identity in Look We Have Coming to Dover! Daljit Nagra reads from and discusses his celebrated debut collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! (2007). In conversation with Dr Rachael Gilmour and the audience, he speaks about how and why he writes his poetry, and the readers for whom he writes. Daljit Nagra, Rachael Gilmour 25 Aug 2017
8 Bernardine Evaristo on writing Britain’s Black histories In conversation with Dr Zoe Norridge and Marsha Hutchinson, Bernardine Evaristo reads from and discusses her remarkable verse novel, The Emperor’s Babe (2001), which tells the story of a African girl growing up in Roman London in 211 AD. Bernardine Evaristo, Zoe Norridge, Marsha Hutchinson 25 Aug 2017
9 95 Theses: On the Principles and Practice of Poetry Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage gives his sixth public lecture. Held on 16th May 2017. Simon Armitage 19 May 2017
10 Tower Poetry 2017 Peter McDonald, Vahni Capildeo and Sarah Howe discuss the 2017 Tower Poetry competition. Peter McDonald, Vahni Capildeo, Sarah Howe 17 May 2017
11 Tower Poetry 2017: Qianling Stele' Annie Fan, second prize winner in the 2017 Tower Poetry competition, reads her poem Qianling Stele. Annie Fan 16 May 2017
12 Tower Poetry 2017: rosetta Ella Standage, first prize winner in the 2017 Tower Poetry competition, reads her poem rosetta. Ella Standage 16 May 2017
13 Tower Poetry 2017: I am a river Freya Gray Stone, commended prize winner in the 2017 Tower Poetry competition, reads her poem I am a river. Freya Gray Stone 16 May 2017
14 Tower Poetry 2017: Snowdrops Flora Barber, commended prize winner in the 2017 Tower Poetry competition, reads her poem Snowdrops. Flora Barber 16 May 2017
15 Tower 2017: If I Gave You a Stone Rachel Oyawale, third prize winner in the 2017 Tower Poetry competition, reads her poem If I Gave You a Stone. Rachel Oyawale 16 May 2017
16 Tower Poetry 2017: The Millstone Sofia Al-Hussaini, commended prize winner in the 2017 Tower Poetry competition, reads her poem The Millstone. Sofia Al-Hussaini 16 May 2017
17 Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry Book at Lunchtime event. Ben Bollig, Bart van Es, Leigh A Payne, Eduardo Posada-Carbo 21 Mar 2017
18 We Need To Talk About Robert: Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature' Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage gives a lecture about literature, poetry and Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Held on 8th March 2017. Simon Armitage 14 Mar 2017
19 Translation as Afterlife In this seminar, Marcela Sulak (Bar Ilan University) and Adriana X. Jacobs (Oriental Studies) will explore the possibility of translation as “afterlife” through a discussion of the Hebrew poets Orit Gidali and Hezy Leskly. Marcela Sulak, Adriana X Jacobs 24 Feb 2017
20 Rumi: his life, work, and poetry Dr Zahra Taheri, Bahari Visiting Fellow in the Persian Arts of the Book, speaks about Rumi's life, mystical teaching, doctrine, and poetry. With Music by Dr Peyman Heydarian. Zahra Taheri, Peyman Heydarian, Fitzroy Morrissey 24 Jan 2017
21 Words for Winter: Tales of Home The event showcases the best of Oxford’s writing. Gathering together tales from all over the globe, of tradition, family, darkness, light and celebration. Pete Salmond, Charlene Pablo, Erica McAlpine, Nancy Campbell 13 Dec 2016
22 Militant Jihadi Culture: Poetry as a Weapon The power of poetry to move Arab listeners and readers emotionally, to infiltrate the psyche and to create an aura of authenticity around the ideologies it enshrines, make it a perfect weapon for militant jihadist causes. Elisabeth Kendall 05 Dec 2016
23 Critical Writing Dr Eleni Philippou, Leah Broad, Theophilus Kwek and James Watt in conversation. Eleni Philippou, Leah Broad, Theophilus Kwek, James Watt 07 Nov 2016
24 Creative Commons Conversation with Wole Soyinka A wide-ranging conversation between Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and members of the Ertegun House community. Topics include the status of African literature, the relationship between creativity and ideology, Brexit, and Bob Dylan. Wole Soyinka 27 Oct 2016
25 Mark Haddon, Daisy Johnson, and KJ Orr in Conversation Award-winning author Mark Haddon discusses his writing process and interests with local poet Daisy Johnson. The conversation is moderated by KJ Orr. Mark Haddon, Daisy Johnson, KJ Orr 27 Jul 2016
26 How And Why I Write: Philip Pullman, Mary Loudon, Jane Griffiths, and Fintan Calpin in conversation Oxford Authors and Academics Discuss Their Writing Process. Philip Pullman, Mary Loudon, Jane Griffiths, Fintan Calpin 25 Jul 2016
27 Alumni Day 2015 - Microscopic and Macroscopic. Rhythmic prose and historical themes in Plutarch's 'Lives' and Appian's 'Civil Wars' Gregory Hutchinson on rhythmic prose and historical themes in Plutarch's 'Lives' and Appian's 'Civil Wars' Gregory Hutchinson 20 Jul 2016
28 TORCH Gender and Authority Research Network, Seminar 1, University of Oxford, 2 March 2016 TORCH Gender and Authority Research Network, Seminar 1 featuring Mary Harrod and Susan Garrard. Adele Bardazzi, David Bowe, Natalya Din-Kariuki, Julia Caterina Hartley 06 Jul 2016
29 Creative Commons And all this time it dwells behind the door Annie Freud, the award-winning poet and artist, will talk about where her poems come from, her development as an artist and writer, and the relationship between her poems and paintings. Annie Freud, Sowon Park 04 Jul 2016
30 Creative Commons About the Tower Poetry Summer School Find out more about the Tower Poetry Summer School - 2012 tutor, Alan Gillis, talks to participant, Camille Ralphs about the value of the summer school and how approachable it is. Alan Gillis, Camille Ralphs 17 Jun 2016
31 Creative Commons So, how does it feel to win? Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about how it feels to have won first prize. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
32 Creative Commons The most amazing experience Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about the experience of winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
33 Creative Commons From being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about how she went from being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
34 Creative Commons Let the poem come to you Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about she went from being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Ashani Lewis, Katherine Rundell 17 Jun 2016
35 Creative Commons If at first you don't succeed' Ashani Lewis (winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition) talks to one of the judges, Katherine Rundell, about how she went from being unplaced in the 2015 competition to winning in 2016. Katherine Rundell, Ashani Lewis 17 Jun 2016
36 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: Driving Lesson Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Ed Pryor, reads his poem 'Driving Lesson'. Ed Pryor 17 Jun 2016
37 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: Nine Days Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Natasha Blinder, reads her poem 'Nine Days' Natasha Blinder 17 Jun 2016
38 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: The Awakening Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Sophia West, reads her poem 'The Awakening'. Sophia West 17 Jun 2016
39 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: UFO Beach Abduction Commended winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Grace Fraser, reads her poem 'UFO Beach Abduction'. Grace Fraser 17 Jun 2016
40 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2016: Flowers From The Dark Winner of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Ashani Lewis, reads her poem 'Flowers From The Dark' Ashani Lewis 17 Jun 2016
41 Creative Commons Tagore and the theology of the global Professor Pradip Dutta speaks on Tagore at the South Asia Seminar Pradip Dutta 16 Jun 2016
42 Creative Commons Politics and Conflicts, Silence in the Archives Panel 2b This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Rhea Sookdeosingh, Helen Mathers, Stephenie Woolterton 14 Jun 2016
43 Creative Commons Theatre and Performance, Silence in the Archives Panel 2a This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Luisa Calè, Kate Newey 14 Jun 2016
44 Venus and Adonis Professor Katherine Duncan Jones, Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College, gives a talk on Shakespeare's poem, Venus and Adonis. Katherine Duncan-Jones 20 May 2016
45 Donne to Death Peter McCullough, Professor of English, University of Oxford, gives a talk on John Donne. Peter McCullough 13 May 2016
46 The Parable of the Solicitor and the Poet Simon Armitage, professor of poetry, University of Oxford delivers his inaugural lecture. Simon Armitage 08 Apr 2016
47 Creative Commons Silencing Poetic Voices, Silence in the Archives Panel 1b This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Elaine Bailey, Jordan Lavers, Mary Breen 17 Feb 2016
48 Creative Commons Discovering Traherne Conversation between Nam Rao and Julia Smith on 17th century poet, divine and Brasenose College member Thomas Traherne. Nam Rao, Julia Smith 10 Feb 2016
49 Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life Jonathan Bate, Anne Farrar Donovan, Seamus Perry and Oliver Taplin discuss life-writing, poetry and the poet Jonathan Bate, Seamus Perry, Oliver Taplin, Anne Farrar Donovan 20 Oct 2015
50 Callaloo Creative Writing Reading by Vievee Francis Vievee reads poetry from her collection 'Forest Primeval' Vievee Francis 24 Jul 2015
51 Callaloo Literary Lecture and Reading by Fred d'Aguiar Fred reads fiction and poems about his childhood in Guyana, remembering his father, and slavery Fred d'Aguair 24 Jul 2015
52 Rubble Flora: Volker Braun Poetry Reading The German poet gives a special reading of old and new work and answers questions with David Constantine and Karen Leeder. Volker Braun, David Constantine, Karen Leeder 20 May 2015
53 New Sappho and new libraries Fourth Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. With Dr Dirk Obbink. Dirk Obbink 19 May 2015
54 Tower Poetry 2015: The Forensics of Salt-Licking Winner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Isla Anderson, reads her poem 'The Forensics of Salt-Licking'. Isla Anderson 14 May 2015
55 Tower Poetry 2015: Fusion Second prizewinner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Max Thomas, reads 'Fusion'. Max Thomas 14 May 2015
56 Tower Poetry 2015: Firewood Third prizewinner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Lewis Harrington, reads his poem 'Firewood'. Lewis Harrington 14 May 2015
57 Tower Poetry 2015: Purblind Commended winner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Matt Ward, reads 'Purblind'. Matt Ward 14 May 2015
58 Tower Poetry 2015: Closed Door Commended winner of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, Andrew Wells, reads 'Closed Door'. Andrew Wells 14 May 2015
59 APGRD Lecture: Gwyneth Lewis on Clytemnestra Gwyneth Lewis on Clytemnestra Gwyneth Lewis 11 Mar 2015
60 Unbuttoning Catullus A discussion with Dr Gail Trimble, Prof. Nicola Gardini, Josephine Balmer for the OCCT Translation and Criticism strand. Chaired by Professor Matthew Reynolds Gail Trimble, Nicola Gardini, Josephine Balmer, Matthew Reynolds. 01 Dec 2014
61 Creative Commons Translators and Writers - Poetry and the Act of Translation Prof Patrick McGuinness (MML) on pseudo translations and Dr Adriana X Jacobs (Oriental Studies) on rogue translations. Respondent: Kasia Szymanska. Patrick McGuinness, Adriana X Jacobs, Kasia Szymanska 20 Sep 2014
62 Creative Commons Georgians and Others Dr Stuart Lee gives a short introduction to the poetry movements that led up to the War. Stuart Lee 15 Sep 2014
63 Creative Commons The Early Poets Dr Alisa Miller looks at the popular poets in the early years of the War and the way that the press and publishing worlds created a commercial culture in support of the conflict. Alisa Miller 15 Sep 2014
64 Creative Commons War Poetry Dr Mark Rawlinson explores the relationship between War and War Poetry using Owen's famous 'Preface' as the starting point. Mark Rawlinson 14 Sep 2014
65 Creative Commons New Perspectives 1: Georgians and Others Short presentation as part of the Oxford 'British Poetry of the First World War' Spring School Stuart Lee 06 Sep 2014
66 The Queen Shrieks: The Shock of Ancient Egyptian Poetry The Inaugural lecture of Richard B. Parkinson as Professor of Egyptology, accompanied by actress and author Barbara Ewing, on the emotional power of the famous Ancient Egyptian poem "The Tale of Sinuhe" Richard Parkinson, Barbara Ewing 27 Jun 2014
67 Tower Poetry 2014: Schiamachy Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Phoebe Stuckes, reads her poem, 'Schiamachy'. Phoebe Stuckes 03 Jun 2014
68 Tower Poetry 2014: Current Affairs Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Jessica Matthews, reads her poem 'Current Affairs'. Jessica Matthews 03 Jun 2014
69 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2014: Voyager Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Charlie Holmes, 'Voyager'. Charlie Holmes 03 Jun 2014
70 Tower Poetry 2014: How to Prepare for Bad News Runner up to the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Alexander Shaw, reads his poem, 'How to Prepare for Bad News'. Alexander Shaw 03 Jun 2014
71 Tower Poetry 2014: Bat Child Found! Third Prize winner of the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Masha Voyles, reads her poem, 'Bat Child Found!' Masha Voyles 03 Jun 2014
72 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2014: Hell-of-an Island Second Prize winner of the 2014 Tower Poetry competition, Sam Buckton, reads his poem 'Hell-of-an Island'. Sam Buckton 03 Jun 2014
73 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2014: Annunciation Winner of the 2014 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, Dominic Hand, reads his poem entitles 'Annunciation'. Dominic Hand 03 Jun 2014
74 Anna Akhmatova reading her poems about Isaiah Berlin in Oxford in 1965 The podcast is in russian. This short recording includes Cinque and a number of other poems inspired by her meetings with Isaiah Berlin. Anna Akhmatova 23 May 2014
75 Creative Commons Peter D McDonald in conversation with Daljit Nagra Peter D. McDonald talks to the poet Daljit Nagra about cultural diversity, the contemporary life and history of the English language, the canons of English literature, and translation. Peter McDonald, Daljit Nagra 17 Mar 2014
76 Dorr-e Dari (The Pearl of Dari): An Ethnography of Poetry as a Social Practice among Afghans in Iran (23 May 2013) This lecture formed part of the 2013 Evans-Pritchard Lecture series held at All Souls College, Oxford, in which Zuzanna Olszewska discussed 'Authentic Voices, Modern Selves: An Ethnography of Afghan Refugee Poetry and Personhood in Iran'. Zuzanna Olszewska 13 Nov 2013
77 Creative Commons Why should we study Old English Literature? Dr Francis Leneghan of St Cross College, Oxford, discusses his current research around Beowulf and proposes why we should still study Old English Literature. Francis Leneghan 07 Nov 2013
78 Creative Commons The poetry of war Explores the aesthetics and impact of war poetry in the early eighteenth century, focussing on Joseph Addison's poem, The Campaign. Abigail Williams 16 Sep 2013
79 Creative Commons The Ladle: a comic poem Matthew Prior's The Ladle was one of the most popular poems of the eighteenth century. This podcast explores its appeal. Louise Curran 16 Sep 2013
80 Creative Commons Pastoral Poetry Introduces the poetry of rural life, and its debt to classical sources. Kathleen Lawton-Trask 16 Sep 2013
81 Creative Commons The life of epigrams This podcasts introduces the popular eighteenth century epigram. Dianne Mitchell 16 Sep 2013
82 Creative Commons Petticoats and fashion An introduction to the world of fashion and the politics of the petticoat, seen through the poetry of the time. Elizabeth Atkinson 16 Sep 2013
83 Creative Commons Language and Medieval literature. The President of St John's College, Professor Margaret Snowling, in conversation with Dr Carolyne Larrington, Supernumerary Fellow in English at St John's. They discuss Carolyne's interest in medieval English literature. Dr Carolyne Larrington 23 Aug 2013
84 Creative Commons FMR 43 Poetry as women's resistance to the consequences of Bedouin displacement in Jordan Bedouin women are able to mitigate some of the consequences of that displacement through the opportunities and influence they have gained as Nabati poets. Maira Seeley 09 Aug 2013
85 The Domain of the Poem: Lyric, Sign, Meaning and Rhythm in Contemporary Ars Poetica (4) Don Paterson, acclaimed poet, gives the fourth and final lecture for Humanitas lecture series on Comparative European Literature. Don Paterson 24 Jul 2013
86 The Domain of the Poem: Lyric, Sign, Meaning and Rhythm in Contemporary Ars Poetica (3) Don Paterson, acclaimed poet, gives the third lecture for Humanitas lecture series on Comparative European Literature. Don Paterson 24 Jul 2013
87 The Domain of the Poem: Lyric, Sign, Meaning and Rhythm in Contemporary Ars Poetica (2) Don Paterson, acclaimed poet, gives the second lecture for Humanitas lecture series on Comparative European Literature. Don Paterson 24 Jul 2013
88 Tower Poetry 2013: Research Luke van den Barselaar reads his entry for the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Luke van den Barselaar 10 Jul 2013
89 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: Swimming in Loch Suili; The Lake of Shadows Eva Wallace reads her entry for the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Eva Wallace 10 Jul 2013
90 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: The Devil Erin Tunney reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Erin Tunney 10 Jul 2013
91 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: Investigation Details; Echo and Narcissus Kathryn Cussons reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry competition. Kathryn Cussons 10 Jul 2013
92 Creative Commons Tower Poetry 2013: Origins Azfa Ali reads her entry to the 2013 Tower Poetry Competition. Azfa Ali 10 Jul 2013
93 Peter D McDonald in conversation with Amit Chaudhuri Peter D. McDonald talks to Amit Chaudhuri about his work as a novelist, critic and musician, focusing on his interest in the specificity of the many media he uses and on the challenge of thinking about cultural interconnectedness in new ways. Peter McDonald, Amit Chaudhuri 05 Jun 2013
94 Peter D McDonald in conversation with Derek Attridge Peter D. McDonald and Derek Attridge reflect on their different approaches to the questions of literature and public value, and on the bearing this has for teaching and research today. Peter McDonald, Derek Attridge 04 Jun 2013
95 Peter D McDonald in conversation with Antjie Krog Peter D. McDonald talks to Antjie Krog about her relationship to Afrikaans, English and African languages, about the promise and perils of translation, and about the challenges of and for writing in a multilingual democracy. Peter McDonald, Antjie Krog 04 Jun 2013
96 Peter D. McDonald in conversation with Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Peter D. McDonald talks to Arvind Krishna Mehrotra about his work as a poet, critic and translator, focusing on the idea of triangulation and his interest in the intersections between languages and literary traditions. Peter McDonald, Arvind Mehrotra 23 Apr 2013
97 Creative Commons From Owen's Doomed Youth, to his doomed youth Lecture at the event 'Wilfred Owen: From Doomed Youth to the Battle of the Sambre'. Imperial War Museum, 10th November 2012. Jean Moorcroft Wilson 27 Feb 2013
98 Creative Commons From Mametz Wood to The General Lecture on Siegfried Sassoon given at the Imperial War Museum, London, 12th November 2011. Jean Moorcroft Wilson 27 Feb 2013
99 Creative Commons The Last Phase A discussion on the last phase of the First World War. A talk given at 'Wilfred Owen: From Doomed Youth to Battle of the Sambre', Imperial War Museum, 10th November 2012. Max Egremont 18 Feb 2013
100 Creative Commons Popular fiction in World War One An argument for a more nuanced assessment of the popular literature consumed by the wider public during the First World War. Jane Potter 10 Dec 2012