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A Celebration of the Work of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Portrait of Percy Shelley
Portrait of Percy Shelley

Thursday July 14th 7pm
Percy Bysshe Shelley composed some of the finest poetry in the English language, from the sonnet ‘Ozymandias’ to his ambitious lyrical drama, Prometheus Unbound. Since his death at the age of 29, Shelley’s radical approach to politics and reform has resonated with protest movements across the globe, and his enduring commitment to creating a better society on earth continues to inspire generations of readers.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s death on the 8th of July 1822, join us for an evening of poetry readings and informal discussion at the Lit & Phil to celebrate his work, led by Newcastle University’s Dr Jon Quayle.

Jon discovered Shelley at the age of 16 while exploring an anthology of Romantic poetry. While many of Shelley’s poems seemed to go over his head (and some still do!), he was utterly entranced by the beauty and power of his verse. His love of Shelley’s poetry began then, and it brought him to Newcastle University to study English Literature in 2008. He is now a Lecturer in Romantic Literature, lecturing on and teaching the work of Shelley among other writers.

Call For Participants:

If you have a favourite poem or prose work by Shelley and might be interested in sharing your love of his work with others, please get in touch –

(If you would prefer to book directly over the phone, please call the Library Desk team on 0191 232 0192 and they will be happy to help)

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