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Series Four: The Story of Children’s Mental Health (episode two)

Series Four: The Story of Children’s Mental Health (episode two)

November 15, 2018

There are a number of interventions to improve health and quality of life for people with mental health problems, but not all interventions work for adults as well as children. As part of the Child Oriented Mental Health Intervention Centre at the University of York, researchers are developing a digital game to treat fear-related conditions in children. Working with health professionals, young people, and games developers, this new project investigates how digital technologies could be used in the place of, or alongside, traditional therapies to improve the mental wellbeing of children and young people.

Series Four: The Story of Singing in Virtual Reality (episode one)

Series Four: The Story of Singing in Virtual Reality (episode one)

November 15, 2018

Virtual reality technology is being tested in a range of new contexts, from helping museum visitors access the past and travel the world, to allowing people with disabilities to experience activities they have difficulties with in the ‘real world.’

Researchers at the University of York's Audio Laboratories are now investigating what impact the technology could have on community singing. Previous research has shown that singing, and particularly choir singing, can have positive impacts on mental health and wellbeing, but can it have the same impact in the virtual world?

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Seven) - The Thin Ice Printing Press

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Seven) - The Thin Ice Printing Press

October 8, 2018

Professor Helen Smith, from the University of York's Department of English, introduces us to the Thin Ice Printing Press. It is the winter of 1769 and ice has frozen the river that runs through York in the UK. The local community hosts a winter fair and one businessman decides to take his printing press out onto the frozen river. This story has inspired a new project at the University - to construct a medieval printing press for modern audiences.

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Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Six) - ‘Bright Star’ and the eternal

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Six) - ‘Bright Star’ and the eternal

October 8, 2018

Professor Jon Mee, from the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature discusses the romantic poet, John Keats, and one of his lesser known works. Is the poem 'Bright Star' simply an autobiographical statement or is Keats trying to say much more, touching on the nature of the eternal and how to really be yourself?

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Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Five) - Brother in Ice: Writers in the visual arts

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Five) - Brother in Ice: Writers in the visual arts

October 8, 2018

Dr Alexandra Kingston-Reese, from the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature, discusses the Catalan writer and visual artist, Alicia Kopf. She asks how 21st Century writers are breaking out of their literary categories to explore how storytelling can be reflected through the visual arts.

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Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Four) - Cultural history in South Africa

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Four) - Cultural history in South Africa

October 8, 2018

Professor David Atwell, from the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature, discusses his work in collecting the cultural history of an underground movement in 1960s South Africa. The activities of the movement called, ARM, has inspired writers, poets and theatre productions.

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Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Three) - The Viking impact on local dialect

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Three) - The Viking impact on local dialect

October 8, 2018

Dr Matthew Townend introduces us to Mary Powley and her reflections on local dialect. The Victorian period is the great age of interest in dialect. Think of the use of dialect in the novels of George Eliot, the Bronte sisters, and Thomas Hardy - but what of the largely forgotten writer Mary Powley? She rediscovered her local past through researching the dialect of the Vikings.

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Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Two) - Dickens in the world

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode Two) - Dickens in the world

October 8, 2018

Professor John Bowen, from the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature, discusses the global appeal of the Victorian writer, Charles Dickens. Dickens is often thought of as a writer focused on the dramas of British society in the Victorian era, yet his novels are reproduced the world-over. What makes Dickens a global writer for contemporary readers?

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Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode One) - Do we secretly love monsters?

Series Three: The Quiet Place Book Club (Episode One) - Do we secretly love monsters?

October 8, 2018

Dr Lydia Zeldenrust, from the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature, asks if our attitude towards monsters is changing. Are we afraid of them or do we secretly love them? She discusses the story of Melusine from medieval folktale, who is said to have been a young girl cursed to have a body that is half human and half dragon-like.

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Series Three: Introduction to the Quiet Place Book Club

Series Three: Introduction to the Quiet Place Book Club

October 8, 2018

Professor Helen Smith, from the University of York's Department of English Language and Related Literature, welcomes you to the Quiet Place Book Club, supported by the University and the York Festival of Ideas. Hosted on Instagram, the virtual book club announces one book each month throughout the year and experts from the University provide comments and thought-provoking questions to encourage debate and guide shared reading. This podcast series gives listeners a sample of the kinds of things discussed on the book club, as well as an introduction to some of the University's literary experts.