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11 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Simon Barnes. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Simon Barnes, often where they are interviewed.

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11 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Simon Barnes. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Simon Barnes, often where they are interviewed.

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Spectator Out Loud: Simon Clarke, Simon Barnes and Jeremy Clark

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On this week's episode, Dr Simon Clarke tells us why a vaccine may not be as close as we've been led to believe. (00:51) Next, Simon Barnes gives us a history of the mink. (07:13) And finally, Jeremy Clark tells us about his US election night from an olive grove. (11:08)
Nov 14 2020 · 17mins
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Bad Birdwatching & Rewilding. Review of books by Simon Barnes

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Rewild yourself: https://amzn.to/2Fr92EK
How to be a bad birdwatcher: https://amzn.to/342ZfyH
The Bad Birdwatcher's Companion: https://amzn.to/33Y3EDj

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Aug 15 2020 · 42mins

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Audio Reads: Rachel Johnson, Paul Wood, and Simon Barnes

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This week's episode features Rachel Johnson's diary, in which she talks about becoming an aunt again; Paul Wood on why mass testing isn't good enough - we need to test everyone; and Simon Barnes on the point of boxing.
May 02 2020 · 24mins
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Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Simon Barnes Reading: on closely-observed gannets

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Reading from the blog on his own website, Simon Barnes describes the close attention required and inspired by bird-watching, and the almost poetic empathy that can result. ----more----

Part two of our interview with Simon will follow. 

Read more about 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prizes here.

For 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize, click here.

For information on 2020’s Young Romantics Prize click here.

The music on the podcast is Androids Always Escape by Chris Zabriskie

Dec 21 2019 · 2mins

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Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Songbirds: A Conversation with Simon Barnes - Part 2

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Part two of our conversation with Simon Barnes, the award-winning sportswriter, revered birdlover and Chair of 2020's Keats-Shelley Prizes

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Our annual theme is 'Songbirds', to mark the composition 200 years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, which made Simon the perfect choice as Chair. 

In which Simon discusses the repertory singers that are skylarks and nightingales, how and why they sing (and does this make them sexy), whether Keats' nightingale could sing and fly - and does that spoil the poem? 

After this, we move onto the extinction threats looming over both birds - not to mention the planet as a whole - and whether poetry can help sharpen our awareness of humankind's mortality? 

Simon Barnes is unique in the world of literature. How many revered sports writers are also revered nature writers too? Off the top of my head I can think of one: Simon Barnes himself. 

For many years the chief sports of the Times, he covered seven Olympics, five World Cups, a Superbowl and the World Chess Championship. His profiles included everyone from David Beckham to Red Rum, his publications range from novels about Hong Kong to a biography about England off-spinner Phil Edmunds.

What elevated Barnes above his peers was prose that could pithily encapsulate the drama simmering underneath the surface action: ‘With Sampras the beauty was subtle, the tactics and execution obvious. With Federer, it was exactly the other way around,’ as he wrote in his 2018 career-spanning retrospective, Epic.

As this reading from his excellent The Meaning of Birds, Barnes has brought similarly acute sensitivity to his accounts of the natural work - and of birds and birdsong above all. 

This is one reason I approached Simon (in my other work for the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association) to be the Chair of 2020's Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes - for poetry and essays. Our annual theme is 'Songbirds', to mark the composition 200 years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale.

I recently met Simon in London to talk to him about his love of nature, poetry, sport and writing - not to mention how this feeds into Romanticism, Keats and Shelley.

Part one of that conversation is posted on this very website. 

Read more about 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prizes here.

For 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize, click here.

For information on 2020’s Young Romantics Prize click here.

The music on the podcast is Androids Always Escape by Chris Zabriskie

Dec 21 2019 · 29mins
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Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Songbirds: A Conversation with Simon Barnes - Part 1

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In this first of two episodes, I talk to Simon Barnes, the award-winning sportswriter, revered birdlover and Chair of 2020's Keats-Shelley Prizes

Our annual theme is 'Songbirds', to mark the composition 200 years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, which made Simon the perfect choice as Chair. 

We talked, among other things, about his own changing relationship with nature, how he fell in love with birds and birding, what birding means in the 21st century and its relationship with writing in general, and Romantic poetry in particular. We even address the question of John Keats' wonky nightingale. ----more----

Simon Barnes is unique in the world of literature. How many revered sports writers are also revered nature writers too? Off the top of my head I can think of one: Simon Barnes himself. 

For many years the chief sports of the Times, he covered seven Olympics, five World Cups, a Superbowl and the World Chess Championship. His profiles included everyone from David Beckham to Red Rum, his publications range from novels about Hong Kong to a biography about England off-spinner Phil Edmunds.

What elevated Barnes above his peers was prose that could pithily encapsulate the drama simmering underneath the surface action: ‘With Sampras the beauty was subtle, the tactics and execution obvious. With Federer, it was exactly the other way around,’ as he wrote in his 2018 career-spanning retrospective, Epic.

As this reading from his excellent The Meaning of Birds, Barnes has brought similarly acute sensitivity to his accounts of the natural work - and of birds and birdsong above all. 

This is one reason I approached Simon (in my other work for the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association) to be the Chair of 2020's Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes - for poetry and essays. Our annual theme is 'Songbirds', to mark the composition 200 years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale.

I recently met Simon in London to talk to him about his love of nature, poetry, sport and writing - not to mention how this feeds into Romanticism, Keats and Shelley.

Part one of that conversation is posted on this very website. 

Read more about 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prizes here.

For 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize, click here.

For information on 2020’s Young Romantics Prize click here.

The music on the podcast is Androids Always Escape by Chris Zabriskie

Dec 14 2019 · 24mins
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Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Simon Barnes reads from The Meaning of Birds

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Simon Barnes is unique in the world of literature. How many revered sports writers are also revered nature writers too? Off the top of my head I can think of one: Simon Barnes himself. ----more----

For many years the chief sports of the Times, he covered seven Olympics, five World Cups, a Superbowl and the World Chess Championship. His profiles included everyone from David Beckham to Red Rum, his publications range from novels about Hong Kong to a biography about England off-spinner Phil Edmunds.

What elevated Barnes above his peers was prose that could pithily encapsulate the drama simmering underneath the surface action: ‘With Sampras the beauty was subtle, the tactics and execution obvious. With Federer, it was exactly the other way around,’ as he wrote in his 2018 career-spanning retrospective, Epic.

As this reading from his excellent The Meaning of Birds, Barnes has brought similarly acute sensitivity to his accounts of the natural work - and of birds and birdsong above all. 

This is one reason I approached Simon (in my other work for the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association) to be the Chair of 2020's Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes - for poetry and essays. Our theme is 'Songbirds', to mark the composition 200 years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale.

I recently met Simon in London to talk to him about his love of nature, poetry, sport and writing - not to mention how this feeds into Romanticism, Keats and Shelley.

Part one of that conversation is posted on this very website. 

Read more about 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prizes here.

For 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize, click here.

For information on 2020’s Young Romantics Prize click here.

The music on the podcast is Androids Always Escape by Chris Zabriskie

Dec 14 2019 · 2mins
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Simon Barnes's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Sports journalist and avid nature enthusiast Simon Barnes returns to share some of his birdwatching memories from around the world.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Chiffchaff - presented by Bill Oddie

Treecreeper - presented by Tara Robinson

Asian Koel - presented by Michael Palin CBE

Norther Wheatear - presented by Michaela Strachan

Osprey - presented by David Lindo
May 27 2018 · 10mins
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Simon Barnes's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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This week’s guest curator is sports journalist and author Simon Barnes, who shares a story of he earned one particular feather in his cap at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;
Razorbill - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff

Yellow Wagtail - presented by Michaela Strachan

Ring-Necked Parakeet - presented by Cyrus Todiwala

Reed Warbler - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff

Starling - presented by Melissa Harrison
May 20 2018 · 10mins
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Simon Barnes Tweet of the Day Takeover - Week 2

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For his second week at the helm of the Tweet of the Day archive, sports writer and avid bird watcher Simon Barnes introduces more seasonal offerings from the back catalogue.

Producer Maggie Ayre.
May 20 2018 · 1min
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