TALK: In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein | Thursday 25 January

Lyme Literary presents a special event to coincide with Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

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This is a talk by Fiona Sampson on her new book ‘In Search of Mary Shelley’, which marks the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein. In January, the publication is Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

Mary Shelley’s dramatic life story is well known. But who was the woman who lived it? In this event Fiona Sampson sifts through the evidence, followed by audience questions.

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe. She coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes.

Fiona Sampson uncovers a complex, generous character – friend, intellectual, lover and mother – trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.

About Fiona

Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator, and university professor as well as a violinist.

Praise for Fiona Sampson:

“Vigorous and valuable … encouraging, enthusiastic, knowledgeable” Spectator

“Engaging … invites readers to read more, and to read carefully” Independent

“This lovely, hopeful book is a celebration of the richness and variety in British Poetry right now” Glasgow Herald




TALK: Lyme Literary presents In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

£4 advance, £6 on the door

Doors open at 1900


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