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.
- Steven Balbus reads to you from Kip Thorne’s Black Holes and Time Warps
- Patrick Gale reads to you Charles Causley’s poem, ‘Angel Hill’
- Chris Lintott reads to you from Jérôme Lalande’s introduction to Fontenelle’s Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds
- Laura Marcus reads to you from Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse
- Craig Raine reads to you his poem, ‘Sea Urchins’
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
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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