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.

 2018

 

Annual Christmas Lunch & Talk from David McClay

11th December, East India Club

Join us for our annual Christmas luncheon at the East India Club, St James’ Square.

David McClay will give a talk about his new book, Dear Mr Murray. The publishing house of John Murray was founded in Fleet Street in 1768 and remained a family firm over seven generations. A celebration of John Murray Publishers 250th anniversary this year, Dear Mr Murray is a collection of letters from the Publisher’s archive.

More Details Here. Enquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com.


2019

 
 

Karen Caines  ‘Translation’s Servile Work: Byron’s Classical Translations. 

23rd January 2019

Art Workers Guild 6.30 pm

In this talk, Karen Caines (DPhil student, Oxford) will examine Byron’s engagement with classical translations over the course of his poetic career.

No knowledge of Latin or Greek required. 

 

More details Enquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com. 


Dr Tom Lockwood “Byron & Rochester”

20th February 2019

Art Workers Guild 6.30pm

This lecture will explore the things Byron might have known about the poetry and life of John Wilmot, second earl of Rochester, some of the things that he did with that knowledge in his own writing, and some of the ways in which Byron’s contemporaries used the cautionary narrative of Rochester’s life to do things to Byron.

More Details Here.  Enquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com. 


6th March – Dr Matthew Ward at Keats House, ‘Byron’s Poetic Afterlife’

This talk will consider the poetic afterlife of Byron in the long nineteenth century, focusing in particular on Matthew Arnold’s criticism and poetry. It will reflect on literary inheritance by thinking about the various ways the Romantic influence of Byron is dealt with by those that came after, and how (for better or worse) they resurrect Byron in their writing.

More details to follow.


Professor Tom Mole “Byron in Bronze: Commemorating Byron in Victorian London”

24th April 2019

Art Workers Guild 6.30pm

In this talk, Professor Mole will examine the history of the statue of Byron by Richard Belt, now in Hyde Park, and evaluate its significance both for Byron’s Victorian reputation and for Victorian Londoners’ understanding of their city.

More Details hereEnquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com. 


14th May – AGM & Talk

Dr Mirka Horova, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Charles University, Prague, will be giving a talk about her work on the sea and swimming in Romantic Poetry. 

More details to follow.


 

20th-25th May – 14th International Student Byron Conference

Held in Messolonghi, Greece, the topic of this year’s conference will be “Byron & Revolution”.

The Byron Society is offering 3 student bursaries for travel and expenses.

More details of the Conference CFP and Bursary applications here.



June – Public Lecture at Keats House, by Professor Tim Webb, Senior Research Fellow in English and Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Bristol.
More details to follow.


27th June – “Lord Byron, poh! the man wot writes the werses?: John Clare’s flights of fame with Byron”

Professor Simon Kövesi, Head of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University, will give a lecture on Northamptonshire poet John Clare’s response to Byron’s life and works. Byron forms a kind of touchstone for Clare – of poetic sociability and literary success – even while he assertively pushes back against the elitism and snobbery he finds in Byron’s English Bards, forging his own social network of labouring-class poets as he does so.

 More Details Here.


Dr Anthony Howe “Byron’s Letters: the absence and the presence of poetry”

24th July 2019 

Art Workers’ Guild  6.30 pm

Under the Net letter writing has more or less gone the way of hunter gathering. Byron’s letters, at their best, are astonishing and their multifarious cultural background fascinating. This talk will comment on those cultures while thinking about the letters from a literary-critical perspective.

More Details Here. Enquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com. 


4th September-8th September – International Byron Conference

University of Vecht

Transgressive Romanticism: Boundaries, Limits and Taboos. 

Romanticism thrives on contradictions; conjuring up images and ideas of acquiescence in the sad Wordsworthian “music of humanity” (‘Tintern Abbey’) and in pastoral serenity on the one hand, it is, on the other, defined by transgressiveness, overreaching and the repudiation of boundaries. While political boundaries are often daringly crossed in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poetry, it is intriguing to see that, aesthetically speaking, even radicals such as Shelley (persistently) abided by the strict and apparently restrictive patterns of sonnets, odes or terza rima forms.

For details of the CFP click here.


16th October –  Byron and the Sea Green Isle
Nicky Gayle will give a talk about his recent book exploring the cultural and historical inspiration for Byron’s poem The Island. More details to follow.


14th November – The Fall of the House of Byron
Author and Byron Society member, Emily Brand, will give a talk on her forthcoming book, The Fall of the House of Byron.
More details to follow.


 

 Byron’s Don Juan: Conception, Reception, Imitation”

7th December, Nottingham.

This one-day conference, jointly hosted by the Byron and John Clare Societies, has been organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Don Juan Cantos I and II and to introduce a year of events to mark the bicentenary of Clare’s first publication, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820).  

For more details and CFP, Click Here.  


December – Annual Christmas Lunch 

More Details to Follow.


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