Newstead Abbey Byron Society Conference: Byron and Loss

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Newstead Abbey Byron Society

Annual Conference 

Friday 22nd April- Saturday 23rd April 2022

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Postponed since 2020, this conference aptly marks the bicentenary of a troubling year plagued by loss. George III had lost his life and, many would argue, George IV lost what little shreds remained of his dignity, pursuing his errant wife with hypocritical vengeance during the so-called Queen Caroline Affair. The monarchy and government had lost the trust of the people, and many of them would have lost their lives had the Cato Street Conspiracy succeeded. Meanwhile Byron, now in the fourth year of his self-imposed exile, was rapidly losing his hair, teeth, famous good looks, and – some might argue – his dignity. It is against this backdrop that he became interested in Italian politics, or rather the loss of political authority and national autonomy.

To mark the year of 1820, and in recognition of the troubling experiences of the past two years, we are hosting a conference around the theme of Byron and loss.

Event Information


Friday 22nd April
11.30-11.45 Coffee  
11.45-1.15 Panel 1 Chair: Paul Whickman
Francesco Marchioni ‘“But grief should be the instructor of the wise”: Performing Grief in Byron’s Manfred’
Peter Francev Byron and the sublime in Cain
Alex Dougherty ”Lost in thy light –
Eternity!’: Byron’s metaphysical horizon.’
1.15-2.15 Lunch  
2.15-3.15 Simon Brown Newstead’s Treasures   Chair: Emily Paterson-Morgan
3.15-3.30 Coffee  
3.30-5.00 Panel 2 Chair: John Gardner
Edwina Watson Loss in an Age of Bronze
Marc Gotthardt No time to lose: Byronic moments in history
Paul Whickman A drop of ink instead of speech: Writing and Voice in Don Juan
5.15  Minibus to hotel
6.30  Minibus to conference dinner
Saturday 23rd April
10-11.30 Panel 3 Chair:  Kaila Rose
Andrea Lambert Losing Passivity: The Emergence of a New Byronic Heroine
Hannah Burke-Tomlinson Byron the Roman(tic) Love Elegist: Love, Loss and Lament in ‘Edleston’
Emily PM Byron and the loss of Innocence
11.30-11.45 Coffee
11.45-12.45 Mirka Horova Plenary Chair: TBC
12.45-1.45 Lunch
1.45-2.15 Round table Byron’s Juvenilia, loss and absence
2.15-4.15 Panel 4 Chair: Peter Francev
Bernard Beatty Byron and Loss’: à la recherche of youth and paradise.
John Gardner ‘Byron and Loss: Rejection and Suicide in Byron’s Deformed Transformed’
Kaila Rose A Secondary and Neglected Object: Musings of Loss in Byron’s “Detached Thoughts”
Ralph Lloyd Jones  Byron and Loss: the Byronic Drownings
4.15-5.00 Walk round Newstead  


The cost of the conference to each delegate will be £75.00 to be paid in cash, on arrive at Newstead.

The cost includes:

  • Lunch on two days including tea & coffee breaks.
  • Dinner on Friday evening and coaching to and from Newstead and Travel Lodge in Mansfield (overnight accommodation please book separately see below).

Travel and Accommodation

We will be staying at the Travel Lodge in Mansfield.


Unit 1 St Christopher’s Place, Gilcroft Street,
Mansfield, NG18 1BG, United Kingdom.

  • On Friday 22nd you will need to find your way to Newstead Abbey. From the Travel Lodge by taxi will cost about £15.00.
  • If you are travelling from London by rail use St Pancras to Nottingham, then change at Nottingham to the Robin Hood Line to Mansfield. Alternatively, you can get a taxi out from Nottingham.
  • The Travel Lodge is 10 minutes walk from the Station.
  • We will have dinner at the Porters Lodge on Friday Night.

Register to attend by email, by emailing both the organisers at and Ken Purslow at