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Fiona Sampson: In Search of Mary Shelley

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Join Fiona Sampson MBE, prize-winning poet and writer, speaking about her acclaimed biography of Mary Shelley, whose mother Mary Wollstonecraft was married and buried at St Pancras Old Church.

All proceeds towards the Church Fabric Fund.

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About In Search of Mary Shelley: the girl who wrote Frankenstein

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes today.

The life story is well-known. But who was the woman who lived it? She’s left plenty of evidence, and in this fascinating dialogue with the past, Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story. She uncovers a complex, generous character – friend, intellectual, lover and mother – trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.

Published in 2018 for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, this is a major new work of biography by a prize-winning writer and poet.

About Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson has been published in more than thirty languages. She has twelve books in translation, and has received the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia) and the Charles Angoff Award (US), and been shortlisted for the Evelyn Encelot Prize for European Women Poets. Her publications include twenty-seven volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language.

From 2005-2012 Sampson was the Editor of Poetry Review; she is now Editor of Poemand Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton, where she is the Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre. She’s also a Fellow and Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the English Association and Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust.

Sampson has received the Newdigate Prize, the Cholmondeley Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, Kathleen Blundell and Oppenheimer-John Downes Awards from the Society of Authors, a number of Writer’s Awards from both the English and the Welsh Arts Councils, and various Poetry Book Society commendations. She has been shortlisted twice for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prizes.

http://www.fionasampson.co.uk

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