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Unless otherwise stated lectures this season will be held at New Walk Museum Leicester, Mondays at 7.30pm.

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The Leicester Literary and Leicester Philosophical Society, locally known as the Lit. and Phil., was founded in 1835.

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The “Lit & Phil” organises an annual series of lectures and discussions, usually held in the Leicester New Walk Museum, for the advancement of education in Literature, Science and Art.  It publishes reports, papers and proceedings and supports the museum.  There are also Natural History and Geology Sections, which organise further events.

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Our next lecture …

Shelley’s Women

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Shelley’s Women will be the Lit and Phil lecture given by Professor Kelvin Everest on Monday 29th October 2018.

Professor Everest will talk about Shelley’s relationships with women which caused controversy during his short life and do so to this day and he will try to set these affairs in the context of Shelley’s radical idealism. In the process he will describe his successive adventures including those with his first love, Harriet Grove, his first wife Harriet Westbrook (who committed suicide) his second wife Mary Shelley, her step sister Fanny Goodwin (who also committed suicide), and his other entanglements with Emillia Viviani and Jane Williams.

Kelvin Everest is Bradley Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Liverpool.  He was Dean of Arts from 1998 – 2001 and served for ten years as Pro Vice Chancellor. He chaired the Heritage Committee and oversaw the University’s preparations for Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008.   He was also Director for Academic Affairs in China for three years responsible for the University’s new venture of a University in Suzhou near Shanghai.  He has published widely on Coleridge, Keats and Shelley and his research interests are in English Poetry of the Romantic period.

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Leicester and will start at 7.30pm at the New Walk Museum.   Visitors are welcome £5 and can pay at the door.