Literary, poetry readings on audio and video

Poetry and literary readings online, literary audio files, MP3s, audio books, lectures and debate. A comprehensive guide to websites

Literary readings online: poetry readings, novels on audio

American Academy of Poetry Archive
Audio and video recordings of poets speaking.The Academy of American Poets has presented and recorded over 800 poetry readings, lectures, and symposia.

Academy of American Poets YouTube video channel.


Audio books. Librivox. Audio readings of literary works. 
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

[email protected]
The [email protected] program on YouTube brings authors of all stripes to Google for informal talks centering on their recently published books. Video.

The British Library Sound Archive

BBC Poetry Out Load
Poets perform their own work, recorded on audio.

Bloodaxe Books
Vieos and audio of poets reading their poetry.

The Poetry Archive, an online collection of recordings of poets reading their own work.

Internet Search Archive, poetry recordings.

Librivo
Audio readings of literary works. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

Open Culture
Free audio books on iTunes: fiction, classics, poetry, discussion, interviews.

PennSound
PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives of poetry readings.
PennSound is a project of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania.

Poetry Matters Now
An online collection of readings and video interviews with poets.

Poetry readings in audio (MP3) and video, from Open Culture.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (MP3 and iTunes)

William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Read by Allen Ginsberg

Samuel Beckett: The Complete Short Prose (MP3)


UbuWeb. Concrete and visual poetry. An excellent, comprehensive online archive of poetry, as well as historical audio and filmed recordings.
UbuWeb’s historical section primarily documents the trajectory of visual and concrete poetry, beginning with Simias Rhodius’s “Wings of Eros in Theocritus”, dating from 1516, and continuing all the way into the late 1970s.

John Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn (mp3)

W. H. Auden.
A reading by W. H. Auden, at the 92nd St. Y’s Poetry Center, March 27, 1972. (New York Times, free online access.)

W. H. Auden, readings and interviews from the BBC sound archive.

W. H. Auden. After Reading a Child’s Guide to Modern Physics

Whitman, Walt. Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Audio readings.

Event listings *


U.S.

The Poetry Kit. Poetry Events USA

Literary Events Calendar Calendar. Poets and Writers

U.K

Foyles Bookshop – Upcoming Events

Spoken word events in London. Apples and Snakes

Debate, discussion, online lectures *

Intelligence Squared
ntelligence Squared is a world forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online, they take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators.

The Nexus Institute
The Nexus Institute brings together the world’s foremost intellectuals, artists and politicians, and has them think and talk about the questions that really matter. How are we to live? How can we shape our future? Can we learn from our past? Which values and ideas are important, and what are their premises?

In doing so, the Nexus Institute places itself at the centre of the Western cultural and philosophical debate. In the best European humanist tradition, its annual Conferences and Lectures, open to all and visited by over a thousand people, have become a platform for informed intellectual debate on pressing contemporary issues. The same spirit of tolerance and erudition is upheld in the Nexus Symposia, Masterclasses and publications.