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

Readings will be added regularly over the coming weeks, to build into a collection which will remain here for you to enjoy.

In ‘The Fine Art of Reading’, his 1949 inaugural lecture as Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature at Oxford, New College Fellow, Lord David Cecil, wrote:

“There are as many different kinds of good books as there are different kinds of good writer.  Each has something to give us.”

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. 

Chris Lintott reads to you

New College Research Fellow, University of Oxford Professor of Astrophysics, and the BBC’s “The Sky At Night” presenter, Chris Lintott, reading from Jérôme Lalande’s introduction to Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle’s Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, translated by Elizabeth Gunning and published in 1803


Craig Raine reads to you

Craig Raine — poet, critic, editor, and New College Emeritus Fellow — reading his new poem, ‘Sea Urchins’, 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’s Outrageous Legacy (Norton, 1994), by 2017 Physics Nobel Laureate, Kip Thorne 


Laura Marcus reads to you

Laura Marcus, Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature, reading from Virginia Woolf’s most autobiographical novel, To the Lighthouse (1927) — ‘Time Passes’


Patrick Gale reads to you

Patrick Gale, novelist and New College alumnus, reading the hauntingly enigmatic ‘Angel Hill’ from Collected Poems 19512000 (Macmillan, 2000) by Cornish poet, Charles Causley (19172003)


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Video by Christopher Thompson
Produced by Erica Longfellow, Christopher Skelton-Foord, and Sam Brown
Photos of New College by Erica Longfellow and Michael Burden


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