Parsonage Unwrapped: Patrick's Poetry with Dr Simon Avery

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Three decades before the Brontë sisters published Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, their farther Patrick began his own literary career with three volumes of the verse: Winter Evening Thoughts (1810), Cottage Poems (1811) and The Rural Minsrel (1813).  In this talk, Simon Avery reconsiders Patrick Brontë's position as a poet and expolores what this neglegted body of work tells us about Patrick's social conscience, his relationship with his Irish background, and his sense of the Importance of literature in the turbulant political environment of the early nineteenth century.

Simon Avery is Reader in Nineteenth-Centuary Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster.  His publications include Elizabeth Barret Browning, Selected Poems of Mary Coeridge and Thomas Hardy: A Readers Guide. He is currently writing a book on the Brontë family and politics.

Tickets £22.50/£20 concessions.  Places are limited, so early booking is advised.  Please book in advance by calling 01535 640192. Attendees are invided to join us from 7pm for a complimentary drink.
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