The audio and video recordings which were captured at our Be inspired event are now live http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/great-writers-inspire. These inspirational short talks by Oxford academics form the basis of content collections for the Great Writers Inspire website, but we didn’t want you to wait until that was ready so they are freely available via Oxford’s podcasting portal and iTunesU. With talks on a diverse range of writers from early English to post-colonial; the Beowulf poet, William Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift, Stephen Duck, William Blake, George Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Olive Schreiner and J.M. Coetzee, these short talks will inspire you to discover more. And of course they are all free for reuse under the terms of our Creative Commons licence.