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. 


16th October – Byron on Toobonai” by Nicholas Gayle

In this talk, Nicholas Gayle will focus attention on the embarrassment of heroic riches Byron presents us with in ‘The Island’ and how they represent competing aspects of his own psyche—to wit, Capt. Bligh, Torquil, Neuha and Christian. How Byron keeps the narrative buoyant and free from heroic clutter, bringing off his one and only truly happy ending in the process, presents us with a fascinating story of a poet at the end of his tether.

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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.  For more details Click Here.  


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, a talk by Dr Anna Mercer on Byron and the Shelleys

20th May, a talk by Flora Liscia after our AGM

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, a talk by Andrew and Suzanne Edmunds on Byron and Polidori

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

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