Thursday 2 February, 6.30pm drinks reception for 7.00pm talk.
Dr Sophie Coulombeau (Cardiff University)
Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi (1741-1821), whose sparkling wit impressed Dr Johnson and earned her a place at the heart of London’s fashionable literati, was also a Welsh child heiress, a long-suffering wife and mother, a political campaigner, a passionate lover, a woman of scandal, a seasoned traveller, a literary celebrity, an antiquarian, a
patron, and a prophet. Despite her relative obscurity today, she was one of the most innovative, successful and notorious writers at work in eighteenth-century and Romantic Britain. This talks gives an overview of Hester Thrale Piozzi’s biographical and literary lives.
Sophie Coulombeau is a lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University, a novelist, and a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker (2014). Her forthcoming project, planned with Dr. Elizabeth Edwards (University of Wales), aims to restore Thrale Piozzi to her rightful place at the forefront of eighteenth-century and Romantic literary scholarship.
Price includes drinks and canapés.