For the past few years, I’ve been learning about voice from Leigh Wilson Smiley, Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, at the University of Maryland. I thought if I was going to get into podcasting, I ought to know something about the craft of “voice.”

What’s happened since then is that, working with Leigh, I’ve developed a passion for reciting Shakespeare and poetry. It’s now become a fun hobby of mine. The Readings on this page are the current results of some of those efforts. I have learned that you can never get these exactly “right”, just how you’re feeling and interpreting the words at the time. I highly recommend that you give it a try.

You learn a lot from the process, and from the words of the great artists. Hope you enjoy them.

-Bill Walton

Length: 3 minutes

Nephelidia by Algernon Charles Swinburne  From the depth of the dreamy decline of the dawn through a notable nimbus of nebulous noonshine,  ...

Length: 2 minutes
"Here’s Macbeth in Act I, Scene 7 trying to decide whether or not to kill King Duncan."


Length: minutes
"Sonnet 65 Reading by Bill Walton"

Bill reads Sonnet 65 by William Shakespeare ...

Length: 2.01 minutes
"The Windhover Reading by Bill Walton"

Bill reads The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins ...

Length: 1.00 minutes
"Peggy Noonan on the meaning of “Nothing is Written”."


Length: 1 minutes
"Mark Twain on the great passages in the Bible."


Length: 1.20 minutes
"Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe – 1719) on thankfulness and God’s providence."


Length: .52 minutes
"Michael Bamberger on life on the PGA tour in the old days."


Length: .56 minutes
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost"


Length: 1.02 minutes
"“Cat” by J.R.R. Tolkien"