Dr Daniele Nunziata, Lecturer in English Literature at St Anne’s College, was interviewed last week by Kat Orman for BBC Radio Oxford. Daniele discussed a variety of topics, including the difficulties College teaching has faced during the lockdown, and they influence current events are having on how we read and write literature.
Daniele and Kat also discussed the impact of the pandemic on the city’s existing homelessness crisis and the importance played by the NHS in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Daniele is also an accomplished poet, and he concludes this interview with a reading of his most recent poems.
Daniele noted that “poetry involves a certain kind of introspection […] and this moment, with lockdown, has forced people to be in a more introspective space, quite literally, and that has facilitated new ways of thinking”. The poem he read on air is “a reflection on […] civic duty; about us taking the time to consider that we are members of a wider community and what it means to think about members of our community who are most in need”.
You can listen to the interview below.