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Reading Anna Barbauld in Bad Times: a talk by Norma Clarke
Sun 26 March 2017, 14:00 – 15:30 BST
Continuing our series of Sunday afternoon talks in the magnificent drawing room of Clissold House, we are pleased to announce the first of our talks for 2017. Demand is likely to be high, so please book your place early. Speakers have kindly agreed to waive any fees or expenses, in order that the money from ticket sales will go towards conserving or restoring Clissold Park features.
Doors open 1.45pm. Ticket price includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.
Anna Barbauld (1743-1825) of Stoke Newington
As a teacher, a poet, a literary critic, and a political polemicist, Anna Barbauld occupied a prominent position in 19th century English life and culture. A resident in Stoke Newington for many years (Barbauld Road is named after her), she established a Women’s Reading Group in Church Street, and played a key role in Stoke Newington’s influential Dissenting community. Her sermon, Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation, urged an active response to bad governments; and she wrote powerfully against the slave trade. But it was her last poem Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (1812) that upset people and brought a storm of abuse. In this talk, Norma Clarke, one of Britain’s foremost historians, will discuss Anna Barbauld’s connection with Stoke Newington and renew the claim that she was ‘one of the great minds which belong to all time.’
Norma Clarke lives close to Clissold Park and is Professor of English Literature at Kingston University. Her many books include Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street (Harvard University Press) and a TLS Book of the Year, 2016, Dr Johnson’s Women (Hambledon Press), The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters (Pimlico Original, Random House), and Queen of the Wits: a Life of Laetitia Pilkington (Faber).
Online ticket sales end at noon on Sunday 26 March 2017. If tickets are still available, they will be sold on the door from 1.45pm on the day.