Call for Applications: BARS/Wordsworth Trust Early Career Fellowships

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We would like to invite Early Career Researchers who are not in permanent employment to apply for a one-month residential Fellowship with the Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere. 

Two Fellowships are available in 2022.

Photo Credit: Gareth Gardner.

Wordsworth Grasmere is centred around Dove Cottage, the Wordsworths’ home between 1799 and 1808, where William wrote most of his greatest poetry and Dorothy wrote her Grasmere journals. Their lives and writings are at the heart of the Trust’s collection of over 68,000 books, manuscripts and works of art; the collection also encompasses wider Romanticism and the ‘discovery of the Lake District’ 1750-1850.

This Fellowship follows one of the most exciting and transformative times in the Wordsworth Trust’s history. Our major NLHF-funded project ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’, completed in 2021, seeks to raise awareness and change perceptions of Wordsworth’s life and work, furthering his own wish for his poetry to ‘live and do good’. The site has been transformed: Wordsworth Grasmere now has a redesigned and extended museum, a new learning centre, a newly interpreted Dove Cottage and two new outdoor spaces alongside an extensive programme of engagement and activities in Cumbria and beyond.

Photo Credit: Gareth Gardner.

The Wordsworth Trust is also committed to Arts Council England’s ‘Lets Create’ vision. We believe that by welcoming a wide range of influences, practices and perspectives, we can better understand our own collection and the stories it can tell, thereby enriching our public programmes. The purpose of this Fellowship is to help us achieve just that – to examine the site and collection from different perspectives, and to use these new perspectives and knowledge in public programmes – a display, an activity for visitors and / or perhaps an event.

The most recent example of something similar is (Re)Acting Romanticism: Disability and Women Writers created by Harriet McKinley-Smith, a PhD student at Oxford University. A visitor to the display in the Museum at Grasmere wrote: ‘Thank you for the disability exhibit. As a woman with an invisible disability, I have never felt more visible’. The impact of this Fellowship in doing something similar could be substantial, not only in helping us shape the direction of our public programmes, but in its potential to bring about positive change in the way people see our subjects, collections and themselves.

(Re)Acting Romanticism: Disability and Women Writers, a new community exhibition at Wordsworth Grasmere, was developed following a series of online workshops with women with disabilities who responded to writing by Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Robinson, Frances Burney, and Susanna Blamire. Photo Credit: Gareth Gardner.

We are open to your suggestions for subjects to research. However, we would be very interested to receive proposals which might lead to interpretation and learning activities relating to the colonial links and legacies found within the Trust’s site and collections, and how the writings and art within the collection might help us develop a call to action to the climate crisis. 

We are open to discussing what form of activity / display would work best for the subject and audience you choose. You will receive advice and training (as much or as little as you wish) from the Collections and Learning team, led by Jeff Cowton (Principal Curator and Head of Learning). 

We particularly welcome applications from candidates that are under-represented, including candidates from low-income backgrounds, and/or candidates with disabilities (we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that we can make).

The Fellowship provides on-site self-catering accommodation for one month; we would prefer the residency to take place as soon as is convenient to the applicant, ideally over the summer (a lovely time to be the heart of the Lake District!) The Fellowship also provides £350 towards travel and living expenses. All applicants must be members of BARS.

Photo Credit: Gareth Gardner.

Application procedure: on no more than two sides of A4, provide your name, email contact details, institutional affiliation (if relevant), current employment status, a brief biographical note, a description of your PhD thesis, details of the proposed research and audience based activity, and preferred period of residence (ideally summer or autumn 2022). The successful applicants will show enthusiasm for audience engagement demonstrated in initial ideas of their proposed project.

Send the application as an attached Word file to Jeff Cowton ( and  Dr Jennifer Orr ( no later than 15 June 2022. The successful candidate will be informed within two weeks.

OPPORTUNITY – Editorial Position with Romantic Circles: Reviews and Receptions

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Romantic Circles Reviews & Receptions ( seeks a new member of its editorial collective. The ideal candidate will have broad familiarity with the state of Romantic studies, strong editing and organizational skills, and some social media savvy and will bring creative and innovative energy to the project. 

The position is open to scholars with PhD in hand from any location worldwide and in any stages of their careers, but we do ask for a three-year commitment.

Please send a cv and very brief (less than one page) letter of interest to Candidates may be asked to interview via Zoom with Orrin Wang, one of the General Editors of Romantic Circles, and with Lenora Hanson and Ross Wilson, current Section Editors of Reviews & Receptions.

Charles and Mary Lamb: Elia and Beyond Conference

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Charles and Mary Lamb: Elia and Beyond

Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, King’s Manor, University of York, Saturday 18th June 2022, 9.30-5

Before Covid struck we had planned to host a day conference to mark the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Charles Lamb’s Elia essays in the London Magazine. Now that we are finally able to convene in person, we want to expand the focus of this event ‘beyond’ Elia and showcase recent research on the miscellaneous work of the siblings Charles and Mary Lamb, influentially discussed by Jane Aaron and others in terms of their ‘double singleness’. Contributors to the symposium will include Gregory Dart, John Gardner, Felicity James, Jessica Lim, Samantha Matthews, Tim Milnes, Jane Moore, Gillian Russell, Matt Sangster, and John Strachan, and among the topics that they will address are the Lambs and Romantic authorship, the Lambs and London, their writing for children (including Charles Lamb’s abolitionist efforts), their varied afterlives, tribute poems to Mary Lamb, Charles Lamb and the essay form, his politics, and his engagement with the wider world. Several of our speakers are currently collaborating on the upcoming Oxford University Press Collected Edition of the Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, and our conference will conclude with a round-table at which they will present some of their work to date and reflect on the state of the field of Lamb studies.
The cost of registration is £25 (free to students/ the unwaged), which is payable on the day, although for tea/ coffee ordering purposes please register in advance with Megan Russell at Thanks to the generosity of the Charles Lamb Society we are able to offer a small number of travel bursaries to UK-based PG students wishing to attend – any questions about this or anything else, email

BARS Digital Events – Radical Connections: A Digital Show and Tell

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For anybody who missed our BARS Digital Event,Radical Connections: A Digital Show and Tell – you can now catch up on the whole thing on the official BARS Youtube channel. This roundtable bridged the two fields of revolutionary politics and transnational cultural exchange by looking at the circulation of radical texts in translation, not only across the Channel but also to and from Italian. It featured exploratory research conducted by the team of the AHRC-funded project ‘Radical Translations: The Transfer of Revolutionary Culture between Britain, France and Italy (1789-1815)’, which has unearthed ca. 800 translations of texts seeking to extend ideas of equality and rights to new publics across linguistic, social, and geographical borders. Our speakers included Sanja Perovic (King’s College London), Rosa Mucignat (King’s College London), Nigel Ritchie (King’s College London), Will Bowers (Queen Mary University of London).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the BARS Official Youtube Channel here and enjoy the full back catalogue of digital events.

Call for Applications: BARS Communications Assistant 2022-23

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The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) would like to invite applications for a Communications Assistant to assist with the BARS Blog and social media for a period of one year tenable from June 2022. We are looking for someone with previous experience of using blogs and social media for academic purposes. This position is paid an honorarium of £750 and is open to all postgraduate students and early career researchers working in Romantic Studies anywhere in the world. This role will require around 1-2 hours per week.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and contributing to the BARS Blog series ‘On This Day’ and ‘Archive Spotlight’
  • Proposing and curating new blog posts/series
  • Delivering an active and strategic social media presence
  • Attending online meetings with members of the BARS Executive Committee

The successful applicant will work closely with the Communications Officer, Anna Mercer, the Blog Editor, Emily Paterson-Morgan, and the BARS Digital Events Fellow Francesca Killoran.

This post is an excellent career-development opportunity for a PhD student or early career researcher. You will have the chance to develop valuable skills in the field of scholarly communications and to contribute to the BARS postgraduate community. You will gain valuable skills (website management, content creation and digital communications) which will be useful in academic and non-academic roles alike. We expect that this role will be held alongside other academic or professional commitments such as completing a research project and/or teaching, and we encourage flexible working. 

Essential requirements:

Desirable experience: 

  • Previous involvement in writing or editing blog posts 
  • Experience of using WordPress 
  • Skilled in using social media for professional purposes, specifically experience of using Twitter and Facebook

To apply: please send an academic CV and personal statement (no more than 1 A4 page) explaining why you are best placed to undertake the duties above to by 3 June 2022. Informal enquiries can be directed to Anna Mercer

BARS Digital Events – Romantic Theatre Studies – State-of-the-Field and New Ways Forward

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For anybody who missed our BARS Digital Event, Romantic Theatre: State-of-the-Field and New Ways Forward – you can now catch up on the whole thing on the official BARS Youtube channel. The seminar built on the research and teaching experience of five speakers operating in four national contexts (Ireland, Italy, UK, USA) to draw a tentative map of the evolving domain of Theatre Studies from a transdisciplinary and multinational perspective. Each panellist presented their present and future engagement with Romantic Theatre Studies by way of their research projects and current scholarship. Among the topics discussed in this seminar: Theatre and Disability, Theatre Econom(etr)ics, Theatre and Celebrity, Theatre and Gender, Opening the Romantic Theatre Canon. Issues of pedagogy and stage revival were addressed as well, with Romantic Theatre in the classroom, on stage and in the canon. Two speakers shared their experience as major EU-funded awardees, addressing the call of/for public-facing humanities and Theatre Studies. Speakers included Sarah Burdett (The University of Warwick), Helen Dallas (University of Oxford), Essaka Joshua (The University of Notre Dame), David O’Shaughnessy (NUI Galway), Francesca Saggini (University of Edinburgh).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the BARS Official Youtube Channel here and enjoy the full back catalogue of digital events.

BARS/NASSR 2022 Registration Now Open

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2-5 AUGUST 2022

Registration is available here.

Please remember that to attend the conference, you should be a member in good standing of either or both BARS and NASSR. You can join here.

And we have developed a joint membership option, including a subscription to European Romantic Review, available here (scroll down for the ‘bundled’ option).

In addition to separate sections for registration, accommodation, and the conference dinner, we have offered a ‘Full Monty’ option including all of the above. This is because the booking system is unaccountably set up to make you otherwise register and pay separately per option. If you are booking, for example, the conference dinner for more than one person, you will also have to fill in separate questionnaires for all attendees. Accommodation is ensuite and includes breakfast Tuesday-Friday (if you stay for the Friday night, unfortunately there is no catering available on Saturday morning). More information on how to access your campus accommodation will be available nearer the start of the conference. Please note we cannot process registrations over the phone. We recommend using Google Chrome to access the registration site.  

Conference catering will be majority vegetarian with vegan friendly options (on the request of my more carnivorous co-organisers, a small selection of meat options will be available).  

Your membership is crucial to maintain and develop the work of our subject associations, and your support is much appreciated in what continue to be difficult and challenging times. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you at Edge Hill University to continue our scholarly conversations, to forge and reforge sustaining networks, and to explore the future of Romantic Studies together.  

Registration closes on 22nd July 2022 to help with last minute programme fixes. 

John Clare: Melodys of Earth and Sky

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A CD album of new music and poetry readings is released on 25 March by NMC recordings. 

BAFTA Award-winning actor Toby Jones reanimates the nineteenth-century poet John Clare through his poems and prose, and these readings are interweaved by nine creative transcriptions from Clare’s book of traditional fiddle tunes – conceived for clarinet and violin by composer Julian Philips.

This is the final element of an Arts Council England-funded project initially intended for a bicentenary celebration of Clare’s Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820), led by Simon Kövesi at Oxford Brookes University.

To find out more and buy the CD, click here.

Keats-Shelley Prize 2022

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Two Writing Competitions open to all: Poems and Essays.

Total Prizes over £5000.

Winning entries will be published in the Keats-Shelley Review.

Prize Chair is the award-winning poet and biographer Fiona Sampson.

Prize Deadline: 6th May 2022.

·      Watch 2022’s Prize trailer.

2022’s Poetry Prize theme is ‘ELEGY’. This commemorates two bicentenaries: the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley on 8th June 1822 and the composition of Adonais, Shelley’s elegy for John Keats, a year earlier in 1821.

·      Visit our Google Earth map: Around the World in 80 Elegies.

For more information on how to enter, click here.


Essays may be on any aspect of the writing and/or lives of the Romantics and their circles. Word count 3000 words. 

Prize Judges: Professor Sharon Ruston and Professor Simon Bainbridge. 

Entry for essayists is free.


Poets are asked to write on 2022’s Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize Theme of ‘ELEGY’.

Poets can interpret ‘Elegy’ freely. Poems can be serious or comic, avant garde or traditional. They can be formal elegies or elegiac, but the Judges advise that works drifting too far from the theme will not be considered.

Prize Judges: Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Will Kemp.

Entry to the Poetry Prize: £10 per entry.

Visit website for more details.


Davy Notebooks Project Transcribe-a-thon

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Saturday 14 May 2022, 11am-3.30pm
Room B29, Foster Court building, UCL main campus, WC1E 6BT

They have 10 x ECR travel bursaries of £50 each available

Over the course of the event, there will be talks from Professors Sharon Ruston and Frank James about running a crowdsourced transcription project and the benefits of digitising Romantic-era manuscripts. There will also be short training sessions/talks on how to transcribe Davy’s hand and the material challenges of working with Davy’s notebooks. During two hands-on sessions, participants will gain experience of transcribing early nineteenth-century handwriting and contribute transcriptions of a previously untranscribed Davy notebook, containing some of Davy’s electrochemistry lecture notes from 1808. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire or develop skills to read and transcribe early nineteenth-century manuscripts, and to learn more about a crowdsourced transcription project. Lunch will be provided.

No prior experience or preparation is necessary, and questions/discussion will, of course, be very warmly welcomed. There are plenty of computer terminals in the room, so there’s no need to bring a laptop. We hope to see you there!

If you’d like to attend, please register using this Eventbrite link.

Please circulate details of this transcribe-a-thon widely.

To apply for an ECR travel bursary of up to £50 (anyone not in full-time, permanent academic employment is welcome to apply), please send a statement of no longer than 200 words outlining your interest in the transcribe-a-thon to davynotebooks at lancaster dot ac dot uk by Tuesday 12 April. If you have a general enquiry, please send it to the same address.

Our Zooniverse project page is here.