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2020

February 13th, Annual Scotland Lecture, ‘Byron and Scottish Poetry’ by Dr Daniel Cook

 

This is the Byron Society’s second Annual Scotland Lecture. It is a free public lecture, organised in association with The Centre for the History of the Book.

Looking back on his early life in Aberdeen, Byron declared that he was “half a Scot by birth, and bred / A whole one”. In August 1798, he left Scotland to take up his English title, never to return. Dr Daniel Cook considers what happens when we read Byron’s poetry more firmly in the context of his Anglo-Scottish identity. Is such poetry “Scottish” in its form or content, or perhaps something else entirely? How have other poets responded to Byron’s Scottish poems? 

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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, ‘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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27th June – 5th July, “Byron: Wars and Words”, 46th International Byron Conference at Thessaloniki. The 2020 Conference of the International Association of Byron Societies will be held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 29th June to 5th July. 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.

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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