In her talk about 18C working class poetry, Jennifer Batt tells us about Stephen Duck. He wrote about rural England in a way that was new, referring to unpleasant aspects of it like hard toil, sweat, and dirt. Duck rose to fame in a spectacular way and even gained a royal patron. Many were inspired by him (and his success) and followed his example in their choice of subject for their poetry.
At the Be Inspired! event on December 14, 2011, a group of Oxford academics presented a series of short inspirational talks around various writers that inspire. The talks were all recorded and will be published as podcasts as part of the Great Writers Inspire project.