Audio and video

Chris Jones - Pete Seeger and the ubi sunt motif

31 January 2014, following the death of Pete Seeger, Chris Jones appeared on Radio 3's The Verb, talking to Ian McMillan about the medieval poetic ubi sunt device in relation to Seeger's song 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?' Chris's piece starts at 34:06.


Rhiannon Purdie, Chris Jones and Robert Crawford - The Flyting of Kennedy and Dunbar

The 15th-century poet William Dunbar was probably a graduate of the University of St Andrews. One of his most famous poems is a 'flyting' between himself and a friend, the poet Walter Kennedy. A 'flyting' was a kind of medieval poetic duel, in which poets strove to out-insult each other.

On 8 March 2013, Chris Jones and Robert Crawford re-created the flyting at a sell-out performance at StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival. Their colleague, the medievalist Rhiannon Purdie presided over the flyting, introducing the event and explaining its background.


Don Paterson on Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets

Poet Don Paterson talks about his book Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets and reads from the sonnets


Robert Crawford on The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography

Robert Crawford talks about his book The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography and his motivations for writing it