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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

In Byron's Wake

13th October 2018, 14:30 to 15:30, Palace Green Library, Miranda Seymour

Discover the lives of Lord Byron's wife and daughter at this Durham Book Festival event.

Miranda Seymour, author of the award-winning My Father’s House, has drawn on fascinating new material to tell the stories of County Durham-born Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, wife and daughter respectively of the poet Lord Byron.

Brought up by a mother who became one of the most progressive reformers of Victorian England, Ada was introduced to mathematics as a means of calming her wild spirits. She combined her education with a rebellious heart and a visionary imagination, ultimately predicting – as nobody would do for another century – the dawn of the computer age.

Join Miranda as she unpicks the lives of these remarkable women, revealing how two turbulent lives were often governed and always haunted by the dangerously enchanting, quicksilver spirit of the extraordinary father whom Ada never knew.

Chaired by Professor Claire Harman, Durham University

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