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

19th March, “‘A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust’: Byron’s Artefacts of Fame”, by Leigh Wetherall-Dickson

Leigh Wetherall Dickson will give a talk on Byron’s views of posterity and permanence, as represented by the concept of having one’s bust immortalised in marble, and in relation to the context of creative uncertainty that produced one of Byron’s most famous and scandalous poems, the great satirical epic Don Juan. 

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22nd April, ‘Byron’s Bear and Other Animals’ by Anna Camilleri

The pages of Byron’s letters and journals teem with animal life, as does his poetry. Living up to the poet’s claim in Don Juan that ‘truth is always strange; / Stranger than fiction’, this talk will reveal how Byron’s treatment of animals — both actual and imagined — offer the most intriguing collusion of fantasy and reality.

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 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.

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

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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. 


July – Bysshe Coffey, Shelley’s Bawdy Doodles, 

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

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‘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.


14th October – Annual Scotland Lecture with the Centre of the History of the Book, ‘Duet Dialogues’: Byron and the Adultery Letter’ by Emily Paterson-Morgan

In this talk, Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan (Director of The Byron Society) will discuss the salacious love letters Byron exchanged with two of his married lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb and Lady Frances Webster. The talk first examines these letters, rife with flamboyant protestations of devotion, jealousy, and fears of exposure, and then considers them as the source for the fictional letter of adultery Byron creates for Dona Julia in Don Juan.

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22nd October – Byron Among the English Poets (ed. Clare Bucknell and Matthew Ward): Launch Event. 

This event marks the launch of the book resulting from the 2018 conference ‘Byron Among the Poets’, jointly sponsored by The Byron Society and All Souls College, Oxford. It will be held at the Art Workers Guild.

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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