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‘Renegado Rascals: Byron and Wordsworth’  by Dr Tess Somervell.

January 22nd, 2020

This talk traced 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.

February 13th, 2nd Annual Scotland Lecture, ‘Byron and Scottish Poetry’ by Dr Daniel Cook

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? 

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.

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.


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

23rd January 2019

Art Workers Guild 

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

No knowledge of Latin or Greek required. 


Dr Tom Lockwood “Byron & Rochester”

20th February 2019

Art Workers Guild

This lecture explored 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.

28th March – Dr Matthew Ward at Keats House, ‘Byron’s Poetic Afterlife’

This talk considered the poetic afterlife of Byron in the long nineteenth century, focusing in particular on Matthew Arnold’s criticism and poetry. It reflected 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. 

24th April, Professor Tom Mole “Byron in Bronze: Commemorating Byron in Victorian London”

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

Not only was Byron the very first recipient of a blue commemorative plaque, but he also formed one of the Victorian’s new pantheon of socially accessible venerated figures…

14th May – AGM & Talk by Dr Mirka Horova

‘Headlong he leapt – to him the swimmer’s skill / Was native’: Byron at Sea

This talk addresses the many ways in which Byron’s life-long relationship with the sea is reflected in his writing.

 19th June – ‘Byron, Boxing, and Regency Culture’ by  Professor Tim Webb

Like several of his literary contemporaries (the Keats brothers, Hazlitt, Reynolds, John Wilson (‘Christopher North’), Clare and Moore), Byron was attracted to boxing.  In this lecture, Professor Tim Webb explored this powerful cultural phenomenon, gave expression to virtues which were quintessentially English, although it was condemned as degrading and brutal by others.

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, gave 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.

14th July, Afternoon Poetry Reading at Keats House. 

Celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of the first two cantos of Byron’s satirical epic, Don JuanThe poem caused a sensation when the first two Cantos appeared in July 1819: the ‘immoral content’ led the work to be deemed a ‘filthy and impious poem’… but it was very popular with the general public. Cannibalism, shipwreck, religious and sexual infidelity – Don Juan has it all! Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a special reading including works by Byron and some of his contemporaries. In partnership with the Byron Society.

15th July – “Byron: Nationalist? Citizen of Nowhere?”

Edinburgh, Sir Drummond Bone at the National Library of Scotland

In his life and works Lord Byron showed interest in a whole panoply of different cultures and demonstrated his support for peoples against Empires. However, being ‘born for opposition’ and a frequent promoter of the individual (let alone his Anglo-Scottish genes) makes Byron’s own rootedness and ideas of identity complex.  In this lecture Sir Drummond Bone explores concepts of nation and citizenship in Byron’s poetry, drama and other writings. 

24th July Dr Anthony Howe “Byron’s Letters: the absence and the presence of poetry”

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 commented on those cultures while thinking about the letters from a literary-critical perspective.

 17th October – Byron on Toobonai” by Nicholas Gayle

In this talk, Nicholas Gayle focused 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.

14th November – The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand 

Author and Byron Society member, Emily Brand, gave 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. 

 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.

 17th December – Annual Christmas Lunch 

This year’s festive celebration of Christmas and Byron included 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 reminded us of the books that made it, by far, the best selling work of the age.


13th-14th January – Two Day Symposium “Byron Among the Poets”
Our members can register for free to attend a two-day symposium on Lord Byron’s literary relationships to poets from Virgil to Auden. In a series of papers by leading scholars, we will be mapping out the range and richness of Byron’s connectivity: what other poets meant to him, and what he meant to those who came after. Join us to explore the ways Byron might be thought to be – perhaps more than most – ‘among’ the poets: alluding and alluded to; collaborative; competitive; parodied; worked and reworked in canons, anthologies and editions. Papers will focus on the contours of individual literary relationships (what did Byron get from Pope? how did Eliot read Byron?), as well as exploring larger questions about the nature of poetic exchange, technical influence and generic formation.

Mysticism of Numbers in Lord Byron’s Life and Works” by Professor Innes Merabishvili

15th February at the Art Workers Guild, London

An evening talk exploring the presence and importance of the number six in the life and works of the sixth Lord Byron.

“Byron and the Sickness of the Age” by Stephen Minta

6th March, Art Workers Guild

This evening lecture looked at the chronology of the mal du siècle, and the value of the term as a way of thinking about Byron’s work before he took the great turn towards Don Juan. Stephen paid particular attention on Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and the Giaour,  exploring the ways in which the maladie du siècle hints at both the challenges and the limitations for Byron.

Richard Deakin, The Wicked Lord Byron

18th April, 6.30pm, the Art Workers Guild

Richard Deakin discussed the inspiration for his novel THE WICKED LORD BYRON, which presents the life story of the poet as he relives it in his final hours, from the point of view of both the laughing dandy and the tragic romantic.  Robin, Lord Byron, who wrote the Foreword to the novel, introduced the event.

Byron Society AGM

Followed by a talk from Miranda Seymour.

22nd May, at the Art Workers Guild, London

In this talk, Miranda Seymour discusses her new book, In Byron’s Wake, which examines the enduring influence of Byron on both his wife and his brilliant, eccentric child


“Improvisation, Freestyling, and Political Attack: A Comparative Juxtaposition of Byron and Eminem” by Peter Graham

12th June, Senate House, London

Our Free Public Lecture was a talk comparing Byron and Eminem’s skilful, seemingly improvisational attacks on political establishments and politicians,  on Lord Castlereagh in Byron’s Don Juan and on Trump in Eminem’s The Storm. 


 Keats House Public Lecture, 20th June

‘Underwater Love: Romantic Poets and Sacred Founts’ by Professor Phillip Shaw

This summer in the lovely environs of Keats House, Professor Phillip Shaw gave our annual joint public lecture with the Keats House Museum.

Following a discussion of Byron’s encounter with the restorative qualities of Arethusa’s sacred fount on Ithaca in 1823, the talk explored Keats and Wordsworth’s responases to Ovid’s retelling of this legend.


2nd – 7th July

The International Byron Conference at Ravenna, Italy.
The conference theme was “Byron: Improvisation and Mobility”.


Tuesday 24th July: Byron’s Grand Tour, A Concert, St Marylebone Church Festival

We were delighted to sponsor an event at this year’s St Marylebone Church Parish Festival.

Byron was baptised at the St Marylebone Church in 1788, and in celebration of this, there was a lunchtime concert celebrating his Grand Tour across Europe, with readings and songs.

Saturday 29th September: Day Trip

We travelled to Nottinghamshire and visited Newstead Abbey and the Annesley Churches. Speaking in the imposing surroundings of Byron’s own home, Dr Christine Kenyon Jones gave a lecture titled “Fact, fiction and entail: the cases of Byron and Jane Austen”.

Sponsored Concert – Byron: Angel & Outcast

Cadogan Hall, London

11th October 2018, 7.30pm

We sponsored a dramatised concert in support of the Royal Marsden Charity for Prostate Cancer Research. In this concert, world-class pianist Dina Duisen and a cast of two actors brought Byron’s story to life with performed poems, journals and letters sensitively woven into piano works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Schuman


“Byron’s Sublime” by Peter Francev

13th November, at the Art Workers Guild London

An evening lecture on the unique ways in which Byron incorporates various modes of the Sublime, exploring the works of those who inspired him, and the influence these ideas had on Byron’s poetry.

Annual Christmas Lunch & Talk from David McClay

11th December, East India Club

At our brilliant Christmas lunch, David McClay gave 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.


18th January – Dr. Anna Camilleri – Byron and Heroism
Dr. Anna Camilleri of Oxford University is to give a talk to the Society on ‘Byron and Heroism’.   The lecture will take at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT.   There will be a reception prior to the talk at 6.30 pm, which will commence at 7pm.

20th February – Daniele Sarrat – Such immortal fire, love for Byron and life of his works through French Romantic Artist from 1819 -1863
Daniele Sarrat of the French Byron Society is to give a lecture to us entitled: ‘Such immortal fire, love for Byron and life of his works through French Romantic Artist from 1819 -1863′. The event will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30.   The talk will be preceded by a wine reception.    For those who wish dinner will be arranged at a nearby restaurant after the event. The cost of attending the lecture is £5, the dinner £25.

13 March – Short poems and extracts by Byron read by members
13 March
there will be a poetry reading at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square WC1N 3AT.   Short poems and extracts by Byron, or one of his contemporaries, will be chosen by members and read by them.   The event will begin at 6.30 and include not only a wine reception, but sandwiches and other light food. The cost of attendance is £10, including food and drink.

27th April – Manchester Day
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11 May – Bernard Beatty – ‘Byron Now’
11 May
, joint venture with Keats House,  reception 6.30, lecture 7 pm.  Tickets £7, available through Keats House, Eventbrite or the Byron Society.

23 May – Professor O’Neill – The Prisoner of Chillon and Manfred: Beauty, Freedom and the Function of Form
23 May
Art Workers’ Guild, AGM, followed by a reception including sandwiches, and a lecture from Professor O’Neil of Durham University (title to be confirmed in due course).

1 July – Byron Society Visit To Harrow School, 1 July 2017
There will be a visit to the Exhibition of Byron artefacts and the Fourth Form Room next door where Byron carved is name on one of the panels. At 3 pm there will be a talk by Peter Hunter (who is our kind host): ‘A view from Mount Ida: Byron and Harrow’. From there we will take a five minute walk to St.. Mary’s Churchyard to see the memorial stone to Allegra and the Peachey Stone where Byron lay as a boy. More info >>

2 September – Newstead Abbey Visit
It is quite a few years since the Byron Society visited Newstaed Abbey and I am very pleased to say that we have arranged a visit, in conjunction with the Newstead Abbey Byron Society, for Saturday 2 September.  We hope as many members as possible will wish to attend.   Guests of members will also be welcome.
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2 September – Newstead Abbey Visit
It is quite a few years since the Byron Society visited Newstaed Abbey and I am very pleased to say that we have arranged a visit, in conjunction with the Newstead Abbey Byron Society, for Saturday 2 September.  We hope as many members as possible will wish to attend.   Guests of members will also be welcome.

19 October – Lord Byron and the Debate of Sceptics and Platonists in European Romanticism
We would like to invite you to our upcoming Byron Society Lecture by Professor Rolf Lessenich, Professor Emeritus of English (and Comparative) Literature, Bonn University.

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9th November – Byron and Southey in Epic Contest
Please join us at our Upcoming Lecture by Dr Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge, ‘Byron and Southey in Epic Contest’.  Dr Almeida-Beveridge is Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Massachusetts.    Venue:  the Art-Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, SW1.   Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm. Drinks will be served.  £6 for members and guests.   Please contact the Director if you wish to attend.

14th December – The Byron Society Christmas Lunch 12.30 for 1.00pm 

Our annual Christmas lunch, with guest speakers.   £30 for members and guests.  Venue:  the East India Club, 16 St James’s Square, SW1.   Please contact the Director if you wish to attend.


13th January – Jonathan Shears’ Talk on Byron’s Hypochondria at the Artworkers’ Guild:
Jonathan Shears’ talk on Byron’s Hypochondria on 13th January at the Artworkers’ Guild, 6 Queen’s Square WC1N 3AT at 6.30pm.  There will be a wine reception before the lecture and dinner will be arranged for those that wish after the event at a nearby restaurant. £5 to attend the lecuture and £25 to attend the dinner. Payable on the day or in advance, please let me know if you wish to either or both of these events.

25th February – Josefina Tuominen-Pope – Byron, Celebrity and the Romantic Media
Josefina Tuominen-Pope will give a talk on ‘Byron, Celebrity and the Romantic Media’.   The event will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pm.   The talk will be preceded by a wine reception.    Dinner at a nearby restaurant will be arranged for those who wish.

The cost of attending the talk is £5 payable in advance or on the day.   The cost of attending the dinner will be £25.

13th April – Matthew Bevis will talk on ‘Byron and Wordsworth in Stitches’
The talk will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pmThe talk will be preceded by a wine reception and dinner will  be arranged for those that wish after at a nearby restaurant.

£5 to attend the lecture £25 to attend the dinner. Payable on the day or in advance, please let me know if you wish to attend either or both of these events.

26th April – Bernard Beatty will talk on ‘The London of Wordsworth, Keats and Byron’
This is a joint event with Keates House on 26 April from 6.30 pm, at 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR at 6.30 pm.   Bernard Beatty is to talk on ‘The London of Wordsworth, Keats and Byron’.  Please book through Keats House if possible, although the Society has reserved some seats which are available for purchase through the Director on a first come first served basis.  The cost of attendance is £7 payable to Keats House.
The Society will arrange dinner for those who wish at a nearby restaurant at a cost of £25 a head after the talk.

24th May – Alan Rawes  talk on ‘Byron’s Love Letters’
May 24th The AGM 5.30pm, followed by drinks and sandwiches, and a talk at 7pm by Alan Rawes on ‘Byron’s Love Letters’, free to members.  At the The Art Workers’ Guild. 6, Queen Square, WC1N 3AT.

22nd June – David McClay literary reviewer of Byron’s Childe Harold among other works
22nd talk from David McClay will talk about the new joint exhibition held between the National Library of Scotland and Abbotsford on Scott as a literary reviewer of Byron’s Childe Harold among other works.  6.30pm at the The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT.

27th July – Aspects of Dr Johnson and Byron
There is to be an expedition to Dr Johnson’s House and talk by Dr Anthony Howe of Birmingham Universtiy on Aspects of Dr Johnson and Byron.  Visit the house from 4.30pm, the talk and reception will be at 5.30pm. At 17 Gough Square, London  EC4A 3DE.  Cost £10 per head, payable in advance or on the day.  Dinner will be arranged at a nearby restaurant for those that wish at a cost of £25.

12 September – Visit to Abbotsford
12 September
Visit to Abbotsford: joint event with the Scottish Byron Society, full details will be confirmed in due course.

15 September – Michael Hendy will talk on ‘Byron’s Medicine Chest’
The Art Workers’ Guild 6, Queen Square, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pm.

3 October 2016 – Book Launch – ‘Byron: The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry’
On 3rd October 2016 there is to be book launch at King’s College, London.   ‘Byron: The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry’ edited by Roderick Beaton and Christine Kenyon-Jones. The book consists of essays from the Conference held by the International Association of Byron Societies in London in 2012.  There will be a reception to accompany the launch.   Further details will be given nearer the event.

18 October – It is “An Education in Adultery: Don Juan a moral Tale”.   It is on 18 October and given by Emily Patterson-Morgan.
The Art Workers’ Guild 6, Queen S quare, WC1N 3AT at 6.30 pm.

It will be £5 to attend the lectures and £25 to attend dinner which will be arranged at a nearby restaurant for those that wish. Payable on the day or in advance. The AGM will be free and the reception will include sandwhiches.

15th December – Byron Society Christmas Lunch
The Christmas Lunch will be hosted on Thursday 15th December at the East Inida Club, 16 St James’s Square, London  SW1Y 4LH


20 January David McClay, Curator of the John Murray Archive and the Byron Papers at the National Library of Scotland:
‘Making Public Display of Lord Byron’.

17 February Geoffrey Bond:  ‘The Art of Writing about Byron’.

25 March Professor Richard Cardwell: ‘She Walks in Beauty like the Night’.

26 May Society’s AGM plus a talk by Peter Cochran on Byron and Ali Pasha

22 June Christine Kenyon-Jones on Byron and Jane Austen.

1 – 6 July International Conference in Gdansk, Poland

9 September A Walk on the Wild Side: Lord Byron’s London.

The starting point for the walk is at Green Park Underground Station by the Diana Fountain (parkside exit of station).   We finish at Hyde Park Corner.    The cost of attending the walk will be £5.  For those who wish, dinner will be arranged at the Rose and Crown, Old Park Lane at the conclusion of the walk at an approximate cost of £25.
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10 October Peter Cochran’s Memorial Service
We’d love as many of his friends, students and fellow Byron scholars to take part as possible. Please let us know if you’d like to write, read or perform anything.
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21 October talk by Jo Taylor – The Double Dungeon: Byron’s Home and County in 1815

24 November – Dr. David Woodhouse – Hazlitt’s Liberal Influence on Byron: The Laureate passages of Don Juan Re-Examined

The above two events will take place at The Art Workers’ Guild, with a reception at 6.30 pm and the talk beginning at 7 pm.    Dinner will be arranged at a nearby restaurant for those who wish after the event.   The cost of attending each talk will be £5, the cost of attending a dinner after the event will be approximately £25.

Dates of other events, will be given in due course.