CfP: Robert Southey and the Bristol Poets

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Another exciting conference announcement, this one timed to run the day before Romantic Imprints in Cardiff, so you can conveniently combine the two.  Note that the deadline for this event is quite soon (1st of January).

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Robert Southey and the Bristol Poets: a One Day Conference

MShed, Bristol, 15 July 2015

We welcome 20 minute papers on any aspect of Southey and the Bristol school – e.g. Coleridge, Yearsley, Chatterton, Robinson, Beddoes, Davy, Cottle, Gilbert, Henderson, More, Lamb, Lloyd, Estlin, King, Prichard, Wordsworth. Topics might include the Romantic coterie, slavery and abolitionism, Bristol science and medicine, Bristol anthologies and journals, literary and religious networks, poetry and politics, publishers and printers. Readings of individual texts are also most welcome.

‘Southey and the Bristol Poets’ will take place at the state of the art conference centre MShed, in the old Bristol docks. It will feature a launch of the latest Southey-related publications, after which we shall visit local pubs and restaurants for an evening of Romantic sociability. Bristol has an abundance of bed and breakfast accommodation at reasonable prices within walking distance of the venue. For a 10% discount at the Bristol Hotel, Prince St (5 minute walk) call 0117 923 0333 and quote ‘MShed’.

‘Southey and the Bristol Poets’ is timed to run the day before the Cardiff BARS conference (BARS begins on the afternoon of 16 July a short train ride from Bristol).

Further information and a registration form will be available in the Conferences section of the Friends of Coleridge website in the coming weeks:

The conference fee will be somewhere between £60 and £100 (exact amount to be announced in January)

Conference organisers: Dr Carol Bolton (Loughborough); Professor Tim Fulford (De Montfort).

Please send abstracts (200 words max.) to: Tim Fulford ( by 1 January 2015. Decisions by 31 January 2015 (stipulate if an earlier decision is needed for funding application purposes).

The conference is organised in association with the Friends of Coleridge; De Montfort University English; Loughborough University; and the Midlands Romantic Seminar.