OCLW Podcast Archive

We record many of our events, which you can listen to as podcasts via the website or blog

Weinrebe Lecture Series 2016

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing records many of its events, which you can listen to as podcasts via the website or blog. Please click on the links below to enjoy these recordings!

If an event does not appear in the list below, then the decision was made to not record or podcast this event, either because of sound quality or because of permissions. Please do not contact the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing to enquire after 'missing' podcasts.

Academic year 2015-16

Rachel Cooke: Her brilliant career: Putting women back in the picture – 24 May 2016

Ruth Scurr: John Aubrey: My own life, thoughts on biographical innovation - 10 May 2016

Karen Lamb: 'Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather' - 26 April 2016

Karen Arrandale: ‘Edward J Dent – A serpentine life’ - 8 March 2016 

‘Writing war, writing lives’ - 8 March 2016. Chair: Lara Feigel, panellists: Santanu Das, Hope Wolf, Kate McLoughlin, Sue Vice and Victoria Stewart.

Weinrebe Lecture Series 2016

  1. Julian Barnes: 'Some of my best friends are biographers’ - 26 January 2016 [podcast unavailable]

  2. Marcus du Sautoy: 'The life of primes: the biography of a mathematical idea' - 2 February 2016. Accompanying Powerpoint slides.

  3. Adam Phillips: ‘Against Biography’ - 16 February 2016 

  4.  Alexandra Harris: 'Tempered lives: Weathers, seasons and biography’ - 22 February 2016

Ian Bostridge: ‘Schubert’s winter journey: an illustrated talk’ - 21 January 2016

Alexander Bubb and Elleke Boehmer: Meeting Without Knowing It: The Intertwined Lives of Rudyard Kipling and W.B. Yeats - 1 December 2015. Lecture podcast.  Question and answer session podcast.

Robert Fraser: Life-Writing Lunch, Biographising Poets: An Apology for Impertinence? - 24 November 2015

Zachary Leader: On Life-Writing: A Reception - 17 November 2015

Philip Bullock: Fame and Fortune: On Writing a New Life of Tchaikovsky - 10 November 2015

Silence in the Archives Conference - 7 November 2015  

Caroline Criado-Perez (in conversation with Rachel Hewitt): Do It Like a Woman - 20 October 2015

Academic year 2014-15

Joanna Kavenna: Time, memory and the self - 16 June 2015 

Victoria Van Hyning, Jo Gill, Erica McAlpine and Leo Mercer: Re-reading with Anne Sexton - 9 June 2015.   Original recording of Anne Sexton's reading at Goucher College in 1974.

President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga: European security and defence: a personal account from Latvia’s perspective - 29 May 2015

Disputed Lives workshop - 16 May 2015

Claire Harman: The Suspicions of Mrs Gaskell - 24 February 2015

Margaret MacMillan: The Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing: ‘Political History and Life-Writing’ - 17 February 2015

Anne Deighton: The Value-Added of Political Life-Writing: Ernest Bevin (1881-1951) - 10 February 2015

Peter Hennessy: The Importance of Being Personal: Political History and Life - 3 February 2015

Roy Foster: The Making of Saints: Politics, Biography and Hagiography in Modern Irish History - 27 January 2015

Michelle Kelly: J.M. Coetzee, Autobiography, and Confession - 2 December 2014

Lucy Hughes-Hallett: The Poet Who Doesn't Know: Gabriele d'Annunzio - 21 October 2014

Academic year 2013-14

Coetzee's Lives Seminar - 13 June 2014

The Lives of Objects Conference (OCLW's Inaugural Conference, 20-22 September 2013, Wolfson College

Hermione Lee, Opening Address, 20 September 2013

Keynotes:

Neil Macgregor, ‘And One Thing in Its Time Plays Many Parts’, 20 September 2013

Edmund De Waal, ‘‘No Ideas But in Things’: Making, Remembering and Story-Telling’, 21 September 2013

Special Sessions:

Michael Burden (Oxford), ‘The Private (and Public) Life of an Opera Aria’, 20 September 2013

Hugh Haughton (York), ‘Letters as Objects: Letters and Objects’, 21 September 2013

Panels

Panel: Museums (I) – Chair: Susan Walker (Ashmolean); Elizabeth Crooke (Ulster), ‘Autobiography and Contested Histories in Museums', Kristen Treen, ‘‘Sorry Objects’ and ‘Sad Glass Cases’: Mourning the Lost Cause at the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA’, 20 September 2013

Panel: Oddities – Chair: Rachel Hewitt (Oxford); Elizabeth Abel (Berkeley), ‘The Death of the Object’; Tracey Potts (Nottingham), ‘Gnomes Behaving Badly: Social Distinction and the Twisting of Taste’, 20 September 2013

Panel: Metaphor – Chair: Rick Hauser (International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies); Lucy Razzall (University of Cambridge), ‘Curious Statues so Cunningly Contrived': The Early Modern Afterlife of Plato's Silenus'; Steven Wingate (South Dakota State University), ‘Electronic Lives of Physical Objects: Weaving daddylabyrinth’, 20 September 2013

Panel: Archives – Chair: Laura Marcus; Daisy Hay (University of Exeter), 'Locks of Hair and Other Stories'; Pamela Clemit (Durham University), 'Objects of Value: The Afterlives of Letters'; Béatrice Mousli (University of Southern California), ''Into the Writing Zone': Writing Susan Sontag's Biography’, 21 September 2013

Panel: Photography – Chair: Alexi Baker; Becky Roach (University of Oxford), ‘‘Writers’ Rooms’: Auto/biography through Objects’; David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford), 'The Short, Uncertain Lives of Photographs in Cameroon'; Christine Fouirnaies (University of Oxford), 'The Life of a Family Album: Private Photographs in Literary Memoirs', 21 September 2013

Panel: Museums (II) – Chair: Seb Falk; Susan Faine, 'The Life Lived: Nina Zyk and the Detritus of a Life'; Deborah Smith (Kennesaw State University), 'Shapeshifter/Sensemaker: The Multiple Meanings of One Memento', 22 September 2013

Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing 

Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing 2014: 'Voicing the Self'

Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing 2013: 'Life-Writing and Portraiture'

Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing 2012: 'Fiction and Auto/Biography'

OCLW Lectures

13 February 2017

The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Emeritus Fellow Professor Glen Dudbridge.

29 January 2017

On 18 January 2017 the second award was made of the Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize for Oxford postgraduate students, at an event held at Wolfson...

Tim Hitchens
24 January 2017

The Fellows of Wolfson College are delighted to announce the election of Mr Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as their next President, in succession to...