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‘Libraries are the wardrobes of literature, whence men, properly informed may bring forth something for ornament, much for curiosity, and more for use’ - William Dyer

Welcome to the Great Writers Inspire Resources Library. Here, you can search for and access thousands of literary open education resources such as audio and video podcasts, essays, ebooks, images and more. Explore the virtual shelves by searching by keyword in the title, author, and by media type.

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Format Title Author/Contributor Source Date Published
Video John Wyndham's 'The Kraken Awakes' Jane Bliss 30 Jul 2021
Audio C. S. Lewis and 'The Wind in the Willows' Simon Horobin 30 Jul 2021
Video Arthur Rackham at Trinity College Emma Sillett, Caroline Batten 30 Jul 2021
Audio Brian McClellan Katherine Olley 30 Jul 2021
Audio Faith in fantasy literature Katherine Olley 30 Jul 2021
Video Edward Lear and Fantasy Jasmine Jagger 27 Jul 2021
Video The Saga of Eric the Unlucky Jane Bliss 27 Jul 2021
Audio Elizabeth Knox Alicia Smith 27 Jul 2021
Audio William Morris and E. R. Eddison Collections at the Bodleian Rachael Marsay, Stuart Lee 27 Jul 2021
Audio A Walk around C. S. Lewis's Oxford Simon Horobin 27 Jul 2021
Audio Desiring Dragons: Creative and Critical Responses to the Dragon in 'Beowulf' Laura Varnam 14 Jul 2021
Video Werewolves in Medieval Literature vs Modern TV Minjie Su 14 Jul 2021
Audio A Conversation With R. F. Kuang Carolyne Larrington, Caroline Batten, R. F. Kuang 14 Jul 2021
Audio An Interview with Elizabeth Knox, author of 'The Absolute Book' Carolyne Larrington, Elizabeth Knox 14 Jul 2021
Audio Oriental Tales and Their Influence Ros Ballaster, Marina Warner 09 Jul 2021
Video Mythopoeia: myth-creation and Middle-earth Marina Warner, Verlyn Flieger, Dimitra Fimi 09 Jul 2021
Video Tolkien's turning point: Tolkien and the history of tongues Tom Shippey 09 Jul 2021
Video Tolkien's 'Beowulf' and the Critics Andy Orchard 09 Jul 2021
Video Middle English: 'The Tree of Tongues' Tolkien's Medieval languages Carolyne Larrington 09 Jul 2021
Video Medieval Welsh: 'The Tree of Tongues' Tolkien's Medieval Languages Mark Williams 09 Jul 2021
Video Gothic: 'The Tree of Tongues' Tolkien's Medieval Languages Elizabeth Solopova 09 Jul 2021
Video Old English: 'The Tree of Tongues' Tolkien's Medieval Languages: Mark Atherton 30 Jun 2021
Video Old Norse: 'The Tree of Tongues' Tolkien's Medieval Languages Eleanor Parker 30 Jun 2021
Audio Tolkien's Favourite Tree - The Black Pine Timothy Walker 30 Jun 2021
Video The Oxford Dodo: Culture at the Crossroads Jasper fforde 30 Jun 2021
Audio George MacDonald Caroline Batten, Claire Mulley 30 Jun 2021
Audio Maria Dahvana Headley on 'The Mere Wife' and 'Beowulf' Carolyne Larrington, Maria Dahvana Headley, David Clark 30 Jun 2021
Video Morte D'Arthur Murals in the Oxford Union Tom Corrick, Caroline Batten 30 Jun 2021
Audio Old Norse in the New World: The Mythology and Politics of Immigration and Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Heather O'Donoghue 25 Jun 2021
Audio Susan Cooper Tom Morcom 23 Jun 2021
Video Violet Needham Jane Bliss 23 Jun 2021
Audio Discworld and the Modern University Andrew Shamel 23 Jun 2021
Audio Tolkien Archive and Exhibition at Bodleian (Pt 2) Stuart Lee, Catherine McIlwaine 22 Jun 2021
Audio Daoxuan and Chinese Fantasy Literature Nelson Landry 22 Jun 2021
Audio Tolkien Archive and Exhibition at Bodleian (Pt 1) Stuart Lee, Catherine McIlwaine 22 Jun 2021
Tolkien Archive and Exhibition at Bodleian (Part 1) Catherine McIlwaine, Stuart Lee 18 Jun 2021
Teaching Pack (Slides and Guide) - The Silmarillion Caroline Batten 18 Jun 2021
Other Teaching Pack (Slides and Guide) - Alice in Wonderland Caroline Batten 18 Jun 2021
Introductory Essay Stuart Lee 17 Jun 2021
Teaching Pack: The Silmarillion Caroline Batten 17 Jun 2021
Test 17 Jun 2021
Teaching Pack: The Hobbit Caroline Batten 17 Jun 2021
Teaching Pack (Guide): The Hobbit 17 Jun 2021
Handout/Transcript Teaching Pack (Guide): The Hobbit 17 Jun 2021
Teaching Pack (Booklet): The Hobbit Caroline Batten 17 Jun 2021
Essay Ayi Kwei Armah Daniele Nunziata 21 May 2021
Video What is the 'Silmarillion'? Grace Khuri http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/engfac/fantasy_lit/2021-04-23-engfac-fantasy-silmarillion-1.mp4 19 May 2021
Video Verse and Prose in Fantasy Literature Katherine Olley https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/verse-and-prose-fantasy-literature 16 Dec 2020
Video Guy Gavriel Kay: A Short Introduction Katherine Olley University of Oxford Podcasts 16 Dec 2020
Other Shakespeare & the plague Emma Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=082EH-78iEU 14 Dec 2020

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