Look back, listen back: Victoria Van Hyning and Anne Sexton

For the latest in our series looking back at some of our most interesting podcasts,   we aren’t looking back very far at all: in fact, this is the most recent recording, but it is both extraordinary and unique. Victoria Van Hyning has worked for several years on making this recording of Anne Sexton’s last reading available: here she plays the recording and leads a discussion with a panel of poets and critics. Those unfamiliar with the power and impact of Sexton’s voice will find a great deal to enjoy and reflect on.

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Look back, listen back: Stella Tillyard: “Bright Metal on a Sullen Ground”: The Idea of True Character In English Writing and Portraiture

Stella Tillyard, biographer, historian and novelist, came to OCLW as part of our earliest Weinrebe series in life writing, which explored the idea of portraiture. Trained in the visual arts, Stella Tillyard was the ideal speaker to round off this series, and she spoke with reference to eighteenth century writing and pictures.

Conference Registration now open for Silence in the Archives

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, together with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies is sponsoring a conference at Wolfson College called ‘Silence in the Archives: Censorship and Suppression in Women’s Life Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century’ to which all are warmly invited. The full programme is available now.

Registration is open and can be booked here through Oxford’s University Stores

Booking before 5th September entitles you to the early bird rates of £20 for the unwaged and £30 for the waged, which includes pastries during registration, tea and coffee breaks, lunch, two keynote lectures and a wine reception.

There is also the option to attend only the evening keynote lecture and wine reception for £5. Professor Janet Todd will be speaking on ‘Male memory, female subject: the case of Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft’. This can also be booked through the University Stores.

Please email silenceinthearchives2015@gmail.com and not OCLW directly with any questions.

Look back, listen back: Paula Byrne – Jane Austen, A Life in Small Things

Paula Byrne is one of the UK’s most prolific and successful biographers, with critically acclaimed and best selling lives of  Mary Robinson, Evelyn Waugh and Dido Belle. In 2013, she visited OCLW on the publication day of her book on Jane Austen, an innovative exploration of the objects which mattered to Austen. More podcasts on the lives of objects can be found across our archive.