World Book Day Lecture

I’m very happy to have been invited to give the World Book Day Lecture at the University of Otago in New Zealand next March.  World Book Day next year is on 1 March.  I’m not quite sure what I’m going to talk about yet, but I’m planning to say something about the things we do …

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Blackwood’s Bicentenary Conference

Nick Mason and I organised a two-day conference to mark the bicentenary of the founding of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  It was attended by around 40 scholars from the UK, North America, Europe and Asia.  There were great plenary lectures by Joanne Shattock and Mark Parker.  We hope that the conference will help to focus research …

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BARS Conference, University of York

I’m off to the British Association of Romantic Studies conference at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York.  This is the leading academic conference in the UK for studies of Romantic literature and the Romantic period.  The topic this year is ‘Romantic Improvement’.  I’ll be talking about the ways in which Victorian preachers and …

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