All our events are open to non-members, though prices may vary. If you are interested in one of our events and would like to attend, or would like more details, please email contact@thebyronsociety.com.

We regularly update our events list, adding new events and providing additional details for upcoming ones so remember to check this page regularly.

If you would like to propose an event, please send an email to our Director, Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan: contact@thebyronsociety.com. 


14th November – The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand 

Author and Byron Society member, Emily Brand, will give the very first preview of her forthcoming book, based on her research into the colourful eighteenth-century ancestry of the 6th Lord Byron.  A dramatic and scandal-filled family saga unfolding over three generations, The Fall of the House of Byron reveals how the stage was set for the rise of the nation’s most revered (and on occasion reviled) Romantic poet.

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 Byron’s Don Juan: Conception, Reception, Imitation”

7th December, Nottingham.

This one-day conference has been organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Don Juan Cantos I and II.  Published anonymously in the summer of 1819, the first two cantos of Byron’s ‘satirical epic’ Don Juan provided the reading public with a work which self-consciously raised and challenged received ideas about fame, originality, and literary merit and was admired and reviled in almost equal measure.   More Details 


17th December – Annual Christmas Lunch 

Join us for our annual Christmas lunch. This year’s festive celebration of Christmas and Byron will include a three course meal, wine, and a talk from the fabulous William St Clair. As the anniversary year of the first publication of Don Juan comes to an end, William St Clair will remind us of the books that made it, by far, the best selling work of the age.

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2020

January 22nd, ‘Renegado Rascals: Byron and Wordsworth’  by Dr Tess Somervell.

This talk traces Byron and Wordsworth’s tempestuous relationship. They only met in person once, but over several decades they traded insults – professional and personal – and accusations of plagiarism through their poems, reviews, and letters. However, there are also hints of mutual respect and admiration, even reverence.

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 18th February, ‘To Lord Byron in the Wilderness: Blake, Byron, and the myth of Cain and Abel’ by Professor Jason Whittaker 

In 1822, Blake wrote a response to Byron’s play Cain, a short one-act drama entitled The Ghost of Abel in which he compared the more famous poet to Elijah and sought to offer a correction not to Byron’s purported Satanism but rather his proto-Calvinism. This paper will explore the contexts for Blake’s response to Byron, how he recognised in the younger writer a poetic rebellion against what Blake identified as the Moral Law without a corresponding understanding of a fundamentally humanistic Everlasting Gospel.

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5th March,  ‘What is Poetry – thoughts by Byron (and Keats)’ by Sir Drummond Bone. 

Spinning off from Byron’s fragment ‘Harmodia’ and Keats  unfinished ‘Fall of Hyperion’, this talk explores Byron’s thoughts on what makes poetry and what makes the poet.

It is a public lecture, held at Keats House.

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23rd April, ‘Mary Shelley’s hand in the manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron’ by Dr Anna Mercer

In this talk, Dr Anna Mercer (Cardiff University) will discuss how manuscripts can provide evidence of Mary Shelley’s involvement in the productions of two of her literary companions: her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and her friend Lord Byron.  Mary Shelley is, of course, now understood as an iconic and prolific author in her own right. This paper will argue that another way Mary Shelley has been overlooked is the lack of attention paid to her role as amanuensis and sometimes contributor to her literary associates’ works.

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20th May, AGM and Lecture

After our AGM, which will run from 5.30-6.30,  Flora Lisica will give a talk on Byron and Tragedy. This talk will explore Byron’s interest in tragedy, and particularly his writing of a number of tragedies to be read rather than staged. Taking Manfred (1817) as a central example, it will consider the difference between tragedy on the page and in the theatre, particularly in light of Regency theatre and reading culture, and ideas of celebrity and privacy, community and isolation.

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11th June, a talk by Dr Charlotte May ‘Vampyre, ghost, or goul, what is it?’: Byron’s Samuel Rogers

27th June – 5th July, International Byron Conference at Thessaloniki

7th July, a talk on Shelley’s provocative and pornographic doodles by Dr Bysshe Coffey


 
17th September, ‘Coming in from the Cold: Re-examining the relationship between Polidori and Byron’ by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards

‘Poor Polidori’ or ‘Polly Dolly’ are just two of the dismissive epithets bestowed on Dr John William Polidori, which reflect his marginalization in the retelling of events from the summer of 1816. This talk will explore the poet’s journey via the incidents and events recorded by his physician, with the intention of sympathetically portraying Polidori as a three-dimensional human-being, warts and all, rather than a simple caricature.

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20th October, ‘The Impact of Women’s Writing on Lord Byron’ by Lee Livingstone 

This talk will explore Lord Byron’s interest in women’s writing and the impact several of these women writers had over his career. Attention will be given to three literary figures in particular, whose writings and opinions Byron held in very high regard. These are Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Madame de Staël, and Mary Shelley.

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20th November, a dinner at the House of Lords, with a talk.

December, a talk on Byron and animals by Dr Anna Camillieri


2021

Professor David Duff will give a talk on Byron and Hookam Frere


More events will be added on a regular basis, and additional details for upcoming events. If you would like to attend any of our events, or would like to suggest an event, please contact us, or email contact@thebyronsociety.com