Programme of Events
The following events have been arranged. Others will be added over time – please check back regularly or email for details.
18th January – Dr. Anna Camilleri – Byron and Heroism
Dr. Anna Camilleri of Oxford University is to give a talk to the Society on ‘Byron and Heroism’. The lecture will take at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT. There will be a reception prior to the talk at 6.30 pm, which will commence at 7pm.
20th February – Daniele Sarrat – Such immortal fire, love for Byron and life of his works through French Romantic Artist from 1819 -1863
Daniele Sarrat of the French Byron Society is to give a lecture to us entitled: ‘Such immortal fire, love for Byron and life of his works through French Romantic Artist from 1819 -1863′. The event will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30. The talk will be preceded by a wine reception. For those who wish dinner will be arranged at a nearby restaurant after the event. The cost of attending the lecture is £5, the dinner £25.
13 March – Short poems and extracts by Byron read by members
13 March there will be a poetry reading at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square WC1N 3AT. Short poems and extracts by Byron, or one of his contemporaries, will be chosen by members and read by them. The event will begin at 6.30 and include not only a wine reception, but sandwiches and other light food. The cost of attendance is £10, including food and drink.
27th April – Manchester Day
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11 May – Bernard Beatty – ‘Byron Now’
11 May, joint venture with Keats House, reception 6.30, lecture 7 pm. Tickets £7, available through Keats House, Eventbrite or the Byron Society.
23 May – Professor O’Neill – The Prisoner of Chillon and Manfred: Beauty, Freedom and the Function of Form
23 May Art Workers’ Guild, AGM, followed by a reception including sandwiches, and a lecture from Professor O’Neil of Durham University (title to be confirmed in due course).
1 July – Byron Society Visit To Harrow School, 1 July 2017
There will be a visit to the Exhibition of Byron artefacts and the Fourth Form Room next door where Byron carved is name on one of the panels. At 3 pm there will be a talk by Peter Hunter (who is our kind host): ‘A view from Mount Ida: Byron and Harrow’. From there we will take a five minute walk to St.. Mary’s Churchyard to see the memorial stone to Allegra and the Peachey Stone where Byron lay as a boy. More info >>
2 September – Newstead Abbey Visit
It is quite a few years since the Byron Society visited Newstaed Abbey and I am very pleased to say that we have arranged a visit, in conjunction with the Newstead Abbey Byron Society, for Saturday 2 September. We hope as many members as possible will wish to attend. Guests of members will also be welcome.
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13th January – Jonathan Shears’ Talk on Byron’s Hypochondria at the Artworkers’ Guild:
Jonathan Shears’ talk on Byron’s Hypochondria on 13th January at the Artworkers’ Guild, 6 Queen’s Square WC1N 3AT at 6.30pm. There will be a wine reception before the lecture and dinner will be arranged for those that wish after the event at a nearby restaurant. £5 to attend the lecuture and £25 to attend the dinner. Payable on the day or in advance, please let me know if you wish to either or both of these events.
25th February – Josefina Tuominen-Pope – Byron, Celebrity and the Romantic Media
Josefina Tuominen-Pope will give a talk on ‘Byron, Celebrity and the Romantic Media’. The event will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pm. The talk will be preceded by a wine reception. Dinner at a nearby restaurant will be arranged for those who wish.
The cost of attending the talk is £5 payable in advance or on the day. The cost of attending the dinner will be £25.
13th April – Matthew Bevis will talk on ‘Byron and Wordsworth in Stitches’
The talk will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pmThe talk will be preceded by a wine reception and dinner will be arranged for those that wish after at a nearby restaurant.
£5 to attend the lecture £25 to attend the dinner. Payable on the day or in advance, please let me know if you wish to attend either or both of these events.
26th April – Bernard Beatty will talk on ‘The London of Wordsworth, Keats and Byron’
This is a joint event with Keates House on 26 April from 6.30 pm, at 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR at 6.30 pm. Bernard Beatty is to talk on ‘The London of Wordsworth, Keats and Byron’. Please book through Keats House if possible, although the Society has reserved some seats which are available for purchase through the Director on a first come first served basis. The cost of attendance is £7 payable to Keats House.
The Society will arrange dinner for those who wish at a nearby restaurant at a cost of £25 a head after the talk.
24th May – Alan Rawes talk on ‘Byron’s Love Letters’
May 24th The AGM 5.30pm, followed by drinks and sandwiches, and a talk at 7pm by Alan Rawes on ‘Byron’s Love Letters’, free to members. At the The Art Workers’ Guild. 6, Queen Square, WC1N 3AT.
22nd June – David McClay literary reviewer of Byron’s Childe Harold among other works
June 22nd talk from David McClay will talk about the new joint exhibition held between the National Library of Scotland and Abbotsford on Scott as a literary reviewer of Byron’s Childe Harold among other works. 6.30pm at the The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT.
27th July – Aspects of Dr Johnson and Byron
There is to be an expedition to Dr Johnson’s House and talk by Dr Anthony Howe of Birmingham Universtiy on Aspects of Dr Johnson and Byron. Visit the house from 4.30pm, the talk and reception will be at 5.30pm. At 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE. Cost £10 per head, payable in advance or on the day. Dinner will be arranged at a nearby restaurant for those that wish at a cost of £25.
12 September – Visit to Abbotsford
12 September Visit to Abbotsford: joint event with the Scottish Byron Society, full details will be confirmed in due course.
15 September – Michael Hendy will talk on ‘Byron’s Medicine Chest’
The Art Workers’ Guild 6, Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pm.
3 October 2016 – Book Launch – ‘Byron: The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry’
On 3rd October 2016 there is to be book launch at King’s College, London. ‘Byron: The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry’ edited by Roderick Beaton and Christine Kenyon-Jones. The book consists of essays from the Conference held by the International Association of Byron Societies in London in 2012. There will be a reception to accompany the launch. Further details will be given nearer the event.
18 October – It is “An Education in Adultery: Don Juan a moral Tale”. It is on 18 October and given by Emily Patterson-Morgan.
The Art Workers’ Guild 6, Queen S quare, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pm.
It will be £5 to attend the lectures and £25 to attend dinner which will be arranged at a nearby restaurant for those that wish. Payable on the day or in advance. The AGM will be free and the reception will include sandwhiches.
15th December – Byron Society Christmas Lunch
The Christmas Lunch will be hosted on Thursday 15th December at the East Inida Club, 16 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LH
20 January David McClay, Curator of the John Murray Archive and the Byron Papers at the National Library of Scotland:
‘Making Public Display of Lord Byron’.
17 February Geoffrey Bond: ‘The Art of Writing about Byron’.
25 March Professor Richard Cardwell: ‘She Walks in Beauty like the Night’.
26 May Society’s AGM plus a talk by Peter Cochran on Byron and Ali Pasha
22 June Christine Kenyon-Jones on Byron and Jane Austen.
1 – 6 July International Conference in Gdansk, Poland
8 September Bernard Beatty on Byron’s, Keats’s and Wordsworth’s London.
9 September A Walk on the Wild Side: Lord Byron’s London.
The starting point for the walk is at Green Park Underground Station by the Diana Fountain (parkside exit of station). We finish at Hyde Park Corner. The cost of attending the walk will be £5. For those who wish, dinner will be arranged at the Rose and Crown, Old Park Lane at the conclusion of the walk at an approximate cost of £25.
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10 October Peter Cochran’s Memorial Service
We’d love as many of his friends, students and fellow Byron scholars to take part as possible. Please let us know if you’d like to write, read or perform anything.
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21 October talk by Jo Taylor – The Double Dungeon: Byron’s Home and County in 1815
24 November – Dr. David Woodhouse – Hazlitt’s Liberal Influence on Byron: The Laureate passages of Don Juan Re-Examined
The above two events will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, with a reception at 6.30 pm and the talk beginning at 7 pm. Dinner will be arranged at a nearby restaurant for those who wish after the event. The cost of attending each talk will be £5, the cost of attending a dinner after the event will be approximately £25.
Dates of other events, will be given in due course.