Solace at Midnight: Byron, Sleep, and Writing
28th March, PHYSICAL
6.30pm-8.00pm, Art Workers Guild
Ticket Price: £5.00
Wine reception 6.30 pm
Lecture at 7.00 pm
Dinner from 8.00 pm
Throughout his life Byron was haunted by nightmares, but writing, in particular writing at night, promises catharsis. ‘All convulsions end with me in rhyme; and to solace my midnights, I have scribbled another Turkish story’, Byron writes to his friend Moore after a particularly disturbing episode. Marc Gotthardt traces Byron’s troubled relationship with sleep from early, evasive manoeuvres to a more appreciative stance in his later writing, where Byron goes so far as to link poesy to ‘somnambulism’.
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AT
There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.