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. 


2021

  
 13th May, ‘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.  More Details

 


   
10th June, ‘Vampyre, ghost, or goul, what is it?’: Byron’s Samuel Rogers a talk by Dr Charlotte May 

Byron’s relationship with Rogers began with appreciation for the doors that Rogers could open for him in society as well as his poetry, but ended with Byron writing in a “private” letter to John Murray that Rogers was ‘the Cancer of his Species’. This talk charts the development of this fascinating relationship, and how Byron’s relationship with Rogers sheds light on two of the best known figures of literary society in the Romantic period.

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28th  June-4th July, Wars and Words

46th International Byron Conference ONLINE

The 46th IBC will explore how war in all its meanings, symbolisms, and manifestations influenced Byron’s words and worlds, and shaped his poetic and political sensibility. Drawing on recent scholarship in Romantic studies, it will also explore Romantic authors’ preoccupations with war, and how these intersected with Byron’s.


  
 22nd July, ‘Shelley’s Laughter’ by Dr Bysshe Coffey

Perhaps humour does not readily spring to mind when one thinks of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his oeuvre. In this talk, Dr Bysshe Inigo Coffey will introduce us to the poet’s lighter side and the range of his humour as it makes its varied, sometimes bawdy, appearances in poems, plays, and manuscripts. Coffey will remind us of a Shelley who could laugh. 

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17th September, ANNUAL AGM,  and Byron Society Lecture 

‘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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 14th October, Annual Scotland Lecture, Edinburgh

‘Duet Dialogues’: Byron and the Adultery Letter’ by Emily Paterson-Morgan

Drawing on materials from the John Murray Archive, this talk considers one of the most peculiar and – frankly – ludicrous episodes in Byron’s extremely complex love life: the brief, passionate, yet ultimately unconsummated affair with Lady Frances Webster which allegedly started during a game of billiards.

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 22nd October, Book Launch: Byron Among the English Poets

Byron Among the English Poets is based on an excellent series of papers given at a conference jointly sponsored by The Byron Society and All Souls College, Oxford. We were thrilled to be a part of this event back in 2018 and are equally excited to host the book launch for this wonderful book.

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24th November. ‘Byron and Tragedy’ by Flora Lisica

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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2022

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