Sara Davies during Frankenstein rehearsal (JonCraig.co.uk)

Mary Shelley: The Writer

Panel Discussion

Bristol800/
Sat 23 April 2016

Mary Shelley: The Writer

Panel Discussion

Sara Davies during Frankenstein rehearsal (JonCraig.co.uk)
Sat 23 April 2016,

Mary Shelley is known worldwide for her novel Frankenstein but she wrote and published much more. A life often seen in the context of her parents – philosopher William Godwin and feminist and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft – and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, she was a remarkable travel writer, literary historian, poet, short-story writer, editor and critic. Her other books include History of a Six Weeks’ Tour (about Europe), Valperga and Perkin Warbeck (historical novels) and the science fiction The Last Man. Our panel explores the Shelley outside of Frankenstein and debates her continuing impact. Speakers include: writer Daisy Hay, author of Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives; poet and biographer Fiona Sampson, whose On the White Plain: The Search for Mary Shelley will be published in 2017; and writer, abridger and director Sara Davies, who has adapted the novel Frankenstein for our special performances in the New Rooms this weekend (the photo above was taken during rehearsals for the play: copyright JonCraig.co.uk)

This event will feature the first reading of a brand new poem by John Burnside, specially commissioned for Frankenstein, culture and science – sadly due to family reasons John Burnside is no longer able to participate in this event. 

This is one of the events in a special weekend of activity looking at Frankenstein, culture and science. It is part of Bristol800: a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Mary Shelley lived in Bristol in 1815. Bristol800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).

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