Listen to our podcast series of Fellows and Old Members reading short passages of writing that are significant to them.

Our readings were published over a period of twelve months 鈥 May 2020 till April 2021 鈥 and remain here as a collection for you to enjoy.

In 鈥楾he Fine Art of Reading鈥, his 1949 inaugural lecture as Goldsmiths鈥 Professor of English Literature at Oxford, 澳门六合彩资料大全 Fellow, Lord David Cecil, wrote:

鈥淭here are as many different kinds of good books as there are different kinds of good writer.  Each has something to give us.鈥

Here we invite you to listen to and enjoy some of the many different kinds of writings which our Fellows and Alumni have chosen to read for you. 


Dominic Selwood reads to you

Historian, author, journalist 鈥 and 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford alumnus 鈥 Dominic Selwood, reading a very short story, 鈥楾he Witness鈥, by the Argentinian writer, Jorge Luis Borges (1899鈥1986)


Dominic Selwood reads to you

Dominic Selwood 鈥 an author, historian, and journalist, who carried out his DPhil research at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading from his forthcoming book, to be published in September 2021 鈥 Anatomy of a Nation: British Identity in 50 Documents (Constable, 2021)


Martin Gibson reads to you

The barrister and writer, Martin Gibson 鈥 who read History in the 1980s at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading from The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), the only novel of Irish playwright and writer, Oscar Wilde (1854鈥1900)


Martin Gibson reads to you

Martin Gibson 鈥 barrister, writer, and 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford alumnus 鈥 reading from his biography of Liberal politician Neil Primrose (1882鈥1917), A Primrose Path: The Gilded Life of Lord Rosebery鈥檚 Favourite Son (Arum Press, 2020)


Catriona Kelly reads to you

Catriona Kelly 鈥 Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford and Fellow of 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading from Loving and Giving (1988), a novel by Molly Keane (1904鈥1996)


Donatien Grau reads to you

Scholar and writer, Donatien Grau 鈥 who holds a DPhil from 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading from his memoir from his time with the couturier, Azzedine Ala茂a, La Vie Ala茂a (2020)


Andrew Caldecott reads to you

Andrew Caldecott QC, barrister and novelist 鈥 who read history at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford, 1970鈥1973 鈥 reading from Rotherweird, the first volume in his Rotherweird trilogy of novels


Donatien Grau reads to you

Donatien Grau, scholar and writer 鈥 who did his DPhil at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading in the original language from the ancient Greek tragedy, The Bacchae, by Euripides


Gyles Brandreth reads to you

Writer, broadcaster, actor, entertainer 鈥 and 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford alumnus 鈥 Gyles Brandreth reading 鈥楨verything Is Going To Be All Right鈥, by Belfast-born poet Derek Mahon (1941鈥2020), from Gyles鈥檚 much-praised new anthology of poetry, Dancing By the Light of the Moon


Elizabeth Frazer reads to you

Elizabeth Frazer 鈥 Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow and Tutor in Politics at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading about magic, from her brilliant and wonderfully written book, Shakespeare and the Political Way (Oxford University Press, 2020)


Rachel Johnson reads to you

Journalist and writer 鈥 and 澳门六合彩资料大全 Classics alumna 鈥 Rachel Johnson reading from On the Black Hill (1982), the novel by Bruce Chatwin (1940鈥1989), which won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread Award for First Novel


Olivia Judson reads to you

Olivia Judson 鈥 evolutionary biologist, science journalist, writer, and 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford alumna 鈥 reading from the remarkable 1868 lecture 鈥極n a Piece of Chalk鈥 by biologist and science educationist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825鈥1895)


Rachel Johnson reads to you

Rachel Johnson 鈥 journalist, novelist, and 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford alumna 鈥 reading in witty and self-deprecating fashion about her short-lived career as a politician, from her superbly entertaining memoirs, Rake鈥檚 Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis (2020)


Erica Longfellow reads to you

The Reverend Erica Longfellow 鈥 Dean of Divinity and Chaplain at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading from the Christmas Day sermon of 1624, by poet and clergyman, John Donne (1572鈥1631)


Katie McKeogh reads to you

澳门六合彩资料大全鈥檚 Cox Fellow, Katie McKeogh, reading from the inspiring autobiography of 1611 by Jesuit priest, William Weston (1549/50鈥1615), translated into English by Philip Caraman (1911鈥1998) as William Weston: The Autobiography of an Elizabethan (1955)


Ann Jefferson reads to you

Ann Jefferson, Emeritus Fellow and former Tutor in French at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 and Emeritus Professor of French Literature in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford 鈥 reading the opening paragraph from the novel, Molloy by Samuel Beckett (1906鈥1989)


Martin Williams reads to you

Martin Williams, the University of Oxford鈥檚 Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) 鈥 and David Clarke Fellow in Engineering and Professorial Fellow at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading 鈥楤insey Poplars鈥, by poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844鈥1889), one of the Victorian era鈥檚 finest poets


Tina Biswas reads to you

Tina Biswas, 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumna and novelist 鈥 author of Dancing with the Two-Headed Tigress, The Red Road, and The Antagonists 鈥 presenting the 30th reading in our 鈥槹拿帕喜首柿洗笕 Reads To You鈥 podcast series with a passage from the wonderful and much-celebrated novel, A House for Mr Biswas (1961), by V. S. Naipaul (1932鈥2018)


Tina Biswas reads to you

The acclaimed and scintillating novelist, Tina Biswas 鈥 who read PPE (1997鈥2000) at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford 鈥 reading from her powerful, satirical third novel, The Antagonists (Fingerprint!, 2019)


Michael Burden reads to you

Michael Burden 鈥 Dean and Pictures & Chattels Fellow at 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford, and University of Oxford Professor of Opera Studies 鈥 reading from a short story, 鈥極xford, Black Oxford鈥, by the Zimbabwean fiction writer and poet (and sometime 澳门六合彩资料大全 student), Dambudzo Marechera (1952鈥1987)


Nur Laiq reads to you

Nur Laiq, TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) Global South Visiting Fellow, from 澳门六合彩资料大全, celebrating the United Nations鈥 75th anniversary, with her reading of W. H. Auden鈥檚 1971 poem, 鈥楬ymn to the United Nations鈥


Ashleigh Griffin reads to you

Ashleigh Griffin 鈥 University of Oxford Professor of Evolutionary Biology and 澳门六合彩资料大全 Fellow 鈥 delivering a thought-provoking reading, to celebrate women at Oxford, from Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life (1998) by the writer, editor, broadcaster 鈥 and Oxford graduate 鈥 Georgina Ferry (b. 1955)


Rosalind Temple reads to you

Rosalind Temple, 澳门六合彩资料大全 Fellow and University of Oxford Lecturer in Linguistics, reading in the original Welsh and in her translation into English from Bydoedd (鈥榃orlds鈥), written by academic, journalist, publisher, writer 鈥 and 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumnus 鈥 Ned Thomas (b. 1936)


Masud Husain reads to you

Masud Husain 鈥 Professorial Fellow at 澳门六合彩资料大全 and University of Oxford Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience 鈥 reading from the international bestseller, Awakenings (1973), written by neurologist, Oliver Sacks (1933鈥2015)


Stephen Mulhall reads to you

Stephen Mulhall 鈥 Russell H. Carpenter Fellow at 澳门六合彩资料大全 and University of Oxford Professor of Philosophy 鈥 reading from The Claim of Reason: Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality, and Tragedy (1979), by the American philosopher, Stanley Cavell (1926鈥2018) 


Hannah Sullivan reads to you

Hannah Sullivan 鈥 University of Oxford Associate Professor, 澳门六合彩资料大全 Fellow, and one of our College鈥檚 celebrated poets 鈥 reading from 鈥楾he Sandpit after Rain鈥 from her award-winning debut poetry collection, Three Poems (Faber & Faber, 2018; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020)


Daniel Harkin reads to you

澳门六合彩资料大全鈥檚 Salvesen Fellow, Daniel Harkin, with a sensitive and thoughtful reading of 鈥 and commentary on 鈥 鈥楾he Mower鈥 by Philip Larkin (1922鈥1985), written 12 June 1979


Miles Young reads to you

Miles Young, Warden of 澳门六合彩资料大全, Oxford, delivering the 20th reading in our 鈥槹拿帕喜首柿洗笕 Reads To You鈥 podcast series with 鈥榃aiting for the Barbarians鈥, a poem written in 1898 by C. P. Cavafy (1863鈥1933) 鈥 which he first heard read by John Julius Norwich


David Raeburn reads to you

David Raeburn, who taught Classics in schools and at 澳门六合彩资料大全 for many years, reading from his translation of Ovid鈥檚 Metamorphoses 鈥 about the plague in the Greek island of Aegina . . .


Natasha Pulley reads to you

Brilliantly inventive novelist and 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumna, Natasha Pulley, reading from 鈥楾he Reed-Choked House鈥, a story she came across while researching for her last book . . . 


William Poole reads to you

William Poole 鈥 澳门六合彩资料大全鈥檚 John Galsworthy Fellow, Senior Tutor, and Fellow Librarian 鈥 delivering a perfectly modulated reading from Book IV of Paradise Lost, by John Milton (1608鈥1674)


Karen Leeder reads to you

Karen Leeder, Professor of Modern German Literature, reading from Porcelain: Poem on the Downfall of My City (Seagull Books, 2020), her translation 鈥 of Porzellan: Poem vom Untergang meiner Stadt, by German poet, Durs Gr眉nbein (b. 1962) 鈥 which is being published 75 years since the Allied firebombing of Dresden


Richard Dawkins reads to you

Evolutionary biologist, bestselling author, and 澳门六合彩资料大全 Emeritus Fellow, Professor Richard Dawkins, reading from his autobiography, Brief Candle in the Dark (2015) 鈥 sequel to his An Appetite for Wonder (2013)


Andrew Counter reads to you

Andrew Counter 鈥 University of Oxford Associate Professor and 澳门六合彩资料大全 Fellow 鈥 reading beautifully a powerful, moving passage from The French Revolution: A History (1837) by Thomas Carlyle, which considers Louis XVI鈥檚 final hours as he takes leave of his family


Marcus du Sautoy reads to you

Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, University of Oxford Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and 澳门六合彩资料大全 Fellow, reading from A Mathematician鈥檚 Apology (1940) by G. H. Hardy (1877鈥1947) 鈥 the book that made Marcus want to create his own mathematical stories


Kate Mosse reads to you

The fabulous multimillion-selling author 鈥 and 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumna 鈥 Kate Mosse, reading from her own bestselling Gothic novel, The Taxidermist鈥檚 Daughter, set in 1912 鈥 within the village of Fishbourne, West Sussex, where Kate herself grew up . . .


Kate Mosse reads to you

Internationally bestselling writer, founder director of the Women鈥檚 Prize for Fiction, first female executive director of the Chichester Festival Theatre 鈥 and 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumna 鈥 Kate Mosse, reading from 鈥楲ittle Gidding鈥, the fourth of T. S. Eliot鈥檚 Four Quartets


Patrick Gale reads to you

Bestselling author and 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumnus, Patrick Gale, reading from his thirteenth novel, The Whole Day Through (2009) 鈥 the only time he has yet written about his days at 澳门六合彩资料大全 . . .


Roopa Farooki reads to you

Writer, NHS medic, and alumna of 澳门六合彩资料大全, Roopa Farooki, reading 鈥楾he Canonization鈥 by metaphysical poet and cleric, John Donne (1572鈥1631), which has hugely influenced her own work


Roopa Farooki reads to you

Roopa Farooki 鈥 novelist, NHS junior doctor, and 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumna 鈥 reading about 澳门六合彩资料大全 itself, from her wonderful debut novel, Bitter Sweets (Macmillan, 2007)


Stephen Anderson reads to you

澳门六合彩资料大全鈥檚 Rodewald Lector in Classical Languages, Stephen Anderson, reading 鈥楶rayer鈥 (I) by the devotional poet, George Herbert (1593鈥1633)


Richard Dawkins reads to you

Richard Dawkins, 澳门六合彩资料大全 Emeritus Fellow and the University of Oxford鈥檚 inaugural Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science (1995鈥2008), reading from Charles Darwin鈥檚 On the Origin of Species, from the edition narrated by Richard Dawkins (CSA Word, 2006)


Chris Lintott reads to you

澳门六合彩资料大全 Research Fellow, University of Oxford Professor of Astrophysics, and the BBC鈥檚 鈥淭he Sky at Night鈥 presenter, Chris Lintott, reading from J茅r么me Lalande鈥檚 introduction to Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle鈥檚 Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, translated by Elizabeth Gunning and published in 1803


Craig Raine reads to you

Craig Raine 鈥 poet, critic, editor, and 澳门六合彩资料大全 Emeritus Fellow 鈥 reading his new poem, 鈥楽ea Urchins鈥, based on an Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph of Henri Matisse


Steven Balbus reads to you

Steven Balbus, Savilian Professor of Astronomy, reading from Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein鈥檚 Outrageous Legacy (Norton, 1994), by 2017 Physics Nobel Laureate, Kip Thorne 


Laura Marcus reads to you

Laura Marcus, Goldsmiths鈥 Professor of English Literature, reading from Virginia Woolf鈥檚 most autobiographical novel, To the Lighthouse (1927) 鈥 鈥楾ime Passes鈥


Patrick Gale reads to you

Patrick Gale, novelist and 澳门六合彩资料大全 alumnus, reading the hauntingly enigmatic 鈥楢ngel Hill鈥 from Collected Poems 1951鈥2000 (Macmillan, 2000) by Cornish poet, Charles Causley (1917鈥2003)


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