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The Bodleian Libraries (BODcasts)

The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. It includes the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a legal deposit library for 400 years; as well as 28 other libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries. Together, the Libraries hold more than 12 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera. Members of the public can explore the collections via the Bodleian’s online image portal at digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk or by visiting the exhibition galleries in the Bodleian’s Weston Library. For more information, visit www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

# Episode Title Description People Date
101 Creative Commons Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley - Joint journal entry Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley and Mary eloped at 4.15 am on 28 July 1814, accompanied by Mary's step-sister Jane Clairmont. Henry Cockburn 02 Dec 2010
102 Creative Commons Percy Bysshe Shelley: Letter to William Godwin Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Using false names, Shelley sent copies of The Necessity of the Atheism to 'men of thought and learning', including bishops and clergymen. Henry Cockburn 02 Dec 2010
103 Creative Commons William Godwin: Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Godwin's memoir of Mary Wollstonecraft has been called the first modern biography. At the time, however, its frankness and emotional candour provoked general outrage. Henry Cockburn 02 Dec 2010
104 Creative Commons Mary Wollstonecraft Three notes to William Godwin Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Even after their marriage Godwin and Wollstonecraft preferred to live independently during the day, and communicate by correspondence. Hannah Morrell 02 Dec 2010
105 Creative Commons Mary Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. In her most famous work Mary Wollstonecraft argued that if women were educated in the same way as men they would perform as well. Annabell James 02 Dec 2010
106 Creative Commons Oxford Literary Festival 2010 Pieces of Places Discussion The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner, Mark Edmonds and Robert Powell take part in a discussion on the subject of pieces of places, objects and artefacts found and what they mean for writing fiction and for archeology in general. Alan Garner, Mark Edmonds, Robert Powell 21 Jun 2010
107 Creative Commons Oxford Literary Festival 2010 Pieces of Places - Reading of Alan Garner's Work The 50th anniversary of the publication of Alan Garner's first novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. A talk examining the importance of place in Alan Garner's work. Robert Powell gives a reading of The Stone Book, from The Stone Book Quartet. Robert Powell, Alan Garner 21 Jun 2010
108 Creative Commons Oxford Literary Festival 2010 By Seven Firs and Goldenstone - An account of the Legend of Alderley Alan Garner gives an illustrated lecture on the Legend of Alderley. This version of the myth of the Sleeping Hero is rooted to places on Alderley Edge in Cheshire, where Alan Garner grew up. Alan Garner 21 Jun 2010
109 Pre-1500 Printed Books The earliest printers spread from Mainz in Germany where Gutenberg first had his printing house to Venice, Rome, Paris, and the Netherlands. Examples from all of these centres of 15th-century printing are found in Bodleian collections. Paul Nash 05 Mar 2010
110 BODcast: P.D. James in conversation with Colin Dexter (short) Special footage celebrating the launch of Talking about Detective Fiction by PD James, the latest Bodleian Library publication. PD James is donating all royalties from the hardback edition to the Bodleian and hopes it will encourage further philanthropy. P. D. James, Colin Dexter 30 Sep 2009
111 BODcast: P.D. James in conversation with Colin Dexter (long) Special footage celebrating the launch of Talking about Detective Fiction by PD James, the latest Bodleian Library publication. PD James is donating all royalties from the hardback edition to the Bodleian and hopes it will encourage further philanthropy. P. D. James, Colin Dexter 30 Sep 2009
112 Magna Carta and Wind In The Willows A short history of how the Bodleian library stores original copies of the Magna Carta and the original Wind in the Willows letters. Bodleian Library 11 Sep 2008
113 Reading at the 'Archipelago Poetry Evening' Reading at the 'Archipelago Poetry Evening'. Bernard O'Donoghue 30 Apr 2008
114 The Anglo-Saxon poem 'The Wanderer' Reading from his translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem 'The Wanderer'. Greg Delanty 30 Apr 2008
115 A poem by Osip Mandelshtam (read in Russian) An introduction and excerpts from a poem by Osip Mandelshtam (read in Russian). Andrew Kahn 30 Apr 2008
116 Reading of a poem in Scottish Gaelic Reading of a poem in Scottish Gaelic. Mark Williams 30 Apr 2008
117 Reading from his poem 'Flood' Reading from his poem 'Flood'. Paul Abbot 30 Apr 2008
118 Reading from his poem 'Muck' Reading from his poem 'Muck'. Mick Imlah 30 Apr 2008
119 The origins of 'Archipelago' The origins of 'Archipelago'. Andrew McNeillie 29 Apr 2008
120 Introduction to the Archipelago Poetry Evening Introduction to the Archipelago Poetry Evening. Chris Fletcher 29 Apr 2008
121 Seamus Heaney reading two contributions Two contributions to the first issue of "Archipelago". Seamus Heaney 29 Apr 2008
122 Paradise Lost Book One: Milton's ambitions Milton’s ambitions as a poet. Sam Dastor 29 Apr 2008
123 Paradise Lost Book Four Satan first spies Adam and Eve. Sam Dastor 29 Apr 2008
124 Paradise Lost Book One: Satan's first speech Satan’s first speech. Sam Dastor 29 Apr 2008
125 Samson Agonistes The Biblical hero Samson bewailing his political and personal state. Sam Dastor 29 Apr 2008
126 Aeropagitica Milton’s defense of the freedom of the press written to Parliament. Sam Dastor 29 Apr 2008
127 Magna Carta at Oxford Richard Sharpe explains that the seventeen surviving manuscripts on the Magna Carta are engrossments, not copies: official documents from Royal Chancery bearing the ruler's seal. Prof. Sharpe also reveals why so many examples of the Magna Carta survive. Richard Sharpe 29 Apr 2008