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S3E48 Ash is once again joined by biographer Carl Rollyson to discuss his biographies of Sylvia Plath, and some of the challenges facing those who write about her. Find out more about Carl's work here: Carl Rollyson - Works Listen to 'A Life in Biography' on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/30NNvRbagc74DpV44Eblip?si=YU1EBtCITvW987sZNNEqb…
 
S3E47 Ash is joined by biographer Carl Rollyson to discuss the life of one of the greatest twentieth century poets, Sylvia Plath. Find out more about Carl's work here: Carl Rollyson - Works Listen to 'A Life in Biography' on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/30NNvRbagc74DpV44Eblip?si=YU1EBtCITvW987sZNNEqbg&dl_branch=1 And check out our Pa…
 
S3E46 Ash is joined once again by Andrew Lycett to talk more about Arthur Conan Doyle - his spiritualism, his global politics and his round of golf with Rudyard Kipling. To find out more about Andrew's work click below: Amazon.co.uk : andrew lycett Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. All other music by Epidemic Sound. www.patreon.com/earread…
 
S3E45 Conan Doyle's historical novel The White Company is today's subject of discussion; another of Edinburgh's most famous literary residents tackling material previously used by Shakespeare. A tale of a ragtag gang of archers in the Hundred Year's War, The White Company was once the most widely published historical novel after Ivanhoe. So why is …
 
S3E44 A fascinating conversation today that's a must-listen for all Stevenson enthusiasts. Ash talks more to Jeremy Hodges about Stevenson's time in Paris, the damaging influence of Victorian Edinburgh and the story of Katharine de Mattos. Katharine was Stevenson's cousin and fellow author, who Jeremy has written about in his latest book, Mrs Jekyl…
 
S3E43 We're taking a break from Shakespeare but not from the Wars of the Roses. Today we look at another portrait of the civil war in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow. Joining Ash to talk about this lesser known novel by RLS is journalist and author Jeremy Hodges. Tune in next time to hear more about Jeremy's work. You can read his biograph…
 
S3E42 In the final Part of Henry VI, we see England descend fully into chaos. Today we discuss violence, ill-blowing winds and the rise of one of Shakespeare's most famous villains. Joining Ash once again are Hailey Bachrach and Owen Horsley, who have worked on adaptations of the plays for the Globe and the RSC. Selections for the play are read by …
 
S3E41 Today, Ash talks more to his special guest for the Henry VI episodes, Owen Horsley, about adapting Shakespeare, cutting Henry VI, and working for the RSC. You can visit Owen's website here: https://www.owenhorsley.com And get a glimpse of the RSC's The Wars of the Roses here: https://www.rsc.org.uk/the-wars-of-the-roses-part-1 And follow Owen…
 
S3E40 It's Part 2 of Henry VI and things are going from bad to worse for King and country. Tune in to hear about witchcraft, beheadings, royal adultery and the beginning of the Wars of the Roses. Joining Ash once again are Hailey Bachrach and Owen Horsley, who have worked on adaptations of the plays for the Globe and the RSC. Selections for the pla…
 
S3E39 Today, Ash talks more to his special guest for the Henry VI episodes, Hailey Bachrach, about adapting Shakespeare, diverse casting and the "protagonist vacuum" in Henry VI. You can visit Hailey's website here: https://haileybachrach.com/about/ Sign up to her newsletter, Dramatis Personae: shakespeare.substack.com And follow her on Twitter: @h…
 
S3E38 Today, we begin an ambitious podcast trilogy on Shakespeare's earliest history plays - the three parts of Henry VI. Picking up from where we left off, today's play opens with the funeral of Henry V. For his infant son, the first phase of his reign will be threatened by a French renaissance, and rumbles of civil war in his own country. Joining…
 
S3E37 John Steinbeck’s The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights was published posthumously in 1976. Though unfinished, it is a fascinating record of a legendary American writer attempting to translate Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur into modern language. Tune in to learn all about Steinbeck’s process, his interpretation of Malory as a novelist and …
 
S3E36 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is Mark Twain's rollicking attack on the Arthurian romances. Join us today as we discuss Twain, typewriters, and dynamiting wizards out of the water. Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. All other music by Epidemic Sound. Sound Bite: The Simpsons. www.patreon.com/earreadthis @earreadthis earre…
 
S3E35 Today Ash is joined once again by special guest Aaron Sidwell to talk more about his recent performance of Henry V at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, his YouTube Series Bard from the Barn and the future of theatre in a post-Covid world. Watch Aaron's production here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynSpVRu_8kE Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The…
 
S3E34 We reach the end of Shakespeare's second cycle of English History plays with Henry V - the story of England's glorious King and his famous victories in France. Joining Ash to discuss the play is special guest Aaron Sidwell, who has recently played Henry in a production at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. Watch Aaron's production here: https:/…
 
S3E33 Following on from our recent episode on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, today Ash talks more to Debbie Cannon about her solo show based on the poem, which premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Find out more about Debbie's play Green Knight here: www.debbiecannon.org/ Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. All other music by Ep…
 
S3E32 Following on from yesterday's episode, today's podcast is an extended interview with Sir Stanley Wells, in which he tells us more about his recent publication All the Sonnets of Shakesepare, co-authored with Paul Edmondson. You can buy yourself a copy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Sonnets-Shakespeare-William/dp/1108490395/ref=sr_1_1?crid…
 
S3E31 In 1609, for the first time, all 154 of Shakespeare's Sonnets were published. Initially attracting little attention, in the centuries that followed they have been censored, rearranged and scrutinised by critics and cryptomaniacs alike. To discuss the reasons why, Ash is joined by a very special guest: Sir Stanley Wells, who has recently publi…
 
S3E30 A new volume of foul papers featuring a newly found Ted Hughes recording, the fiendish murder of Fudge Lullaby, the return of Haggis McTouristboard and a very special mystery interviewee for Adam... Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. All other music by Epidemic Sound. www.patreon.com/earreadthis @earreadthis earreadthis@gmail.com face…
 
S3E29 It's Burns Night! And to celebrate, here's an episode all about the Caledonian Bard's witch tale, Tam o' Shanter. Tune in for a discussion of Burns in Edinburgh, the folk tale origin of his story and the poem's sumptuous use of rhyme. With apologies to Scottish accents everywhere. Sound Bite: Burns.. The Myth & The Man (1994) Title Music: 'No…
 
S3E28 Ash is joined by actor and writer Debbie Cannon to discuss a classic of medieval literature, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tune in for a discussion of alliterative verse, the pitfalls of chivalry and the unusual agency of female characters on show in this extraordinary poem, written in the days of Chaucer and translated by the likes of J. …
 
S3E27 Finally! After three attempts, Ash and Adam have at last recorded an episode on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Join us for a festive discussion about Victorian Christmases, ghosts, quibbling and our favourite adaptations of this classic tale. Thank you everyone for the support in 2020 and a very happy new year to all our listeners! Tit…
 
S3E25 Let's have a day off the Plantagenets and King Arthur, and go fishing with Ted Hughes in a pond as deep as England. Funnily enough, what we reel in will take us right back to Shakespeare, as we discuss everything from Williamson's Salmon to Wittgenstein's Lion. To read along with Ash check our Instagram page @earreadthis and pack your wellies…
 
S3E24 Today, Ash is once again joined by Rob Myles and Sarah Peachey from The Show Must Go Online, to talk more in detail about their wonderful work: namely, casting, rehearsing and performing live on Zoom a new Shakespeare play every week! Something they've done since March, and are now close to having performed the entire Shakespeare canon. To fi…
 
S3E23 Previously on the Plantagenets: Prince Hal, the future King Henry V had proved his royal chops by killing Hotspur at the Battle of Shrewsbury. His father lies gravely ill. Falstaff continues to entertain, but for him too, time is running out. Today, Ash is once again joined by Rob Myles and Sarah Peachey from The Show Must Go Online, to discu…
 
S3E22 We’re back on Shakespeare's History plays, picking up a year or so after the events of Richard II. Today, Ash is joined by Rob Myles and Sarah Peachey - co-creators of The Show Must Go Online - to discuss Henry IV, Part 1. To find out more about the great work of The Show Must Go Online, and to access all of their past productions, visit www.…
 
S3E21 It's closing time in the bingo hall, as Adam and Ash have run out of both balls and patience. One last trundle from Mr. Patterson gives us more fascinating background on all the husbands in his Slop to Sling at Women #94 and some amazing lasagne. Apologies for giving up, and just apologies. Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. All other…
 
S3E20 Today, we have an extended interview with Tom Williams, biographer of Raymond Chandler. Check out yesterday's episode on the life of Chandler, and get Tom's fantastic book A Mysterious Something in the Light here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mysterious-Something-Light-Raymond-Chandler/dp/1613736789/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+mysterio You can…
 
S3E19 Today, Ash is joined by Tom Williams to talk about the life of Raymond Chandler. Tom has written a fantastic biography of Chandler called A Mysterious Something in the Light - which you can find on Amazon using the link below: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mysterious-Something-Light-Raymond-Chandler/dp/1613736789/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+mys…
 
S3E18 Following on from the blood, thunder and turbulent priests of yesterday's episode, today Ash is joined once again by Dr. Jayme Stayer, President of the International T. S. Eliot Society to discuss his work as one of the editors of Eliot's Complete Prose, the release of the Emily Hale archive and the work of the Society. International T. S. El…
 
S3E17 Ash is joined today by special guest, Dr. Jayme Stayer, President of the International T.S. Eliot Society, to discuss the poet's 1935 play, Murder in the Cathedral. To find out more about the society, check the links below to visit their website and see some of the work written by their members. International T. S. Eliot Society: http://tseli…
 
S3E16 Today we discuss the delightful first entry in T.H. White's Arthurian epic The Once and Future King. A novel "unique in it's creation of a childhood for King Arthur" (here nicknamed the Wart), The Sword in the Stone shows the future King of England receiving tuition from Merlyn. Join us for talk about favourite childhood reads, missing cannib…
 
S3E15 Following on from our episode on Richard II, Ash is joined once again by Gregory Gudgeon, to talk about his fabulous production of the play, as well as the art of verse speaking, puppetry and much more. You can check out the show's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/events/410847263027877 Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. Sound Bite:…
 
S3E14 Today, Ash is joined by special guest Gregory Gudgeon to talk about Richard II, Shakespeare’s most lyrical history play. Gregory has recently performed the role in the fantastic production Puppet King Richard II, which you can hear more about in tomorrow’s extended interview. In the meantime check out the show's Facebook page at: www.facebook…
 
S3E12 A contentious episode today as Ash and Adam discuss Edward III, a play about the medieval King, which might have been written by William Shakespeare. We're going to say it was for today, in order to better place it among our other episodes on Shakespeare's History plays. Because as we'll see, Edward looms large over the Plantagenets to come. …
 
S3E10 Following on from yesterday's chat with Michael Smith about the alliterative Morte Arthur, today we have an extended interview in which Ash asks Michael about the process of translating from Middle English, his lino-cut prints, and where he got started with medieval literature. His book recommendation is Richard II by Nigel Saul from the Yale…
 
S3E9 Today, Ash is joined by special guest Michael Smith to talk about the alliterative Morte Arthur, a long poem composed in the 14th century. Michael is completing a new tranlsation of the poem, and so we’re very lucky to have him share some insights into the Alliterative’s Arthur’s provenance, it’s original readership, the joy of alliterative ve…
 
S3E8 And so we march on through the bingo hall of death and dullness. This week features talk about James Patterson's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, an overly elaborate DUI and a whole lot of zero, zip, nada. Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. All other music by Epidemic Sound. www.patreon.com/earreadthis @earreadthis earreadthis@gmail.…
 
S3E7 Today, Christopher Marlowe takes us back to Elizabethan theatre! We’re going to be spending quite a lot of time with the Plantagenet Kings of England, and today we meet our first family member, Edward II. Tune in to find out about the real Edward, Marlowe’s inspiration and sources, and how the play has been received critically over the centuri…
 
S3E4 Our historical tour gets underway in earnest as Adam and Ash park the time machine in the 12th Century in order to hear a young wizard called Merlin deliver his famous prophecies. Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. All other music by Epidemic Sound. Sound Bite from: Merlin (1998) www.patreon.com/earreadthis @earreadthis earreadthis@gma…
 
S3E3 New kind of episode today as Adam and Ash watch a tonne of clips from Jekyll and Hyde movies, each depicting a transformation scene of some kind, beginning with the silent movies of the 1910's and ending in the modern day. Apologies - we lost Adam's mic sometime in the 1990's, and funnily enough from then on he sounds as if he was calling from…
 
S2E46 Today, to round out series 2 of Ear Read This, we're finally talking (relevantly) about The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. Join us as we discuss the birth of Los Angeles, koshing, wisecracking and the publishing world of 1930's America. Title Music: 'Not Drunk' by The Joy Drops. Sound Bites from: The Big Sleep (1946) All other music by Epidem…
 
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