18.30, 23 July 2016  at the Keats-Shelley House, Rome, Italy.

19.00, 14 July 2016 at the King’s Manor, University of York, UK.

This event at the Keats-Shelley House in July 2016 celebrates the bicentenary of the composition of Frankenstein (1818). This will include readings of Romantic poetry and prose from the novel’s author Mary Shelley and her husband and collaborator, Percy Bysshe Shelley. There will also be two short academic talks by Dr. David Higgins (University of Leeds) and Anna Mercer (University of York). The event will take place almost exactly 200 years after Mary Shelley began writing what is now the most famous novel of the Romantic period in July 1816. The same event will also take place on the 14th July at 7pm in the beautiful Huntingdon Room at the King’s Manor, University of York (York City Centre). Both events will be open to the public and tickets will be available online.

The Rome event is on the Keats-Shelley House website here. To buy tickets for the event in Rome on 23rd July 2016, please email: info@ksh.roma.it
Tickets are €10 each.

The York event (14 July 2016) is on the CECS website here. It is free to attend but you must register on eventbrite. Refreshments (wine and soft drinks) will be served on arrival. 

For enquiries please contact the event organiser, Anna Mercer on anna.mercer@york.ac.uk

Header image: Manuscript of Frankenstein, MS. Abinger c. 56, fol. 21r. Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Event Team:

  • Anna Mercer, University of York (speaker and main organiser)
  • David Higgins, University of Leeds (speaker and co-organiser)
  • Lucy Hodgetts and Duncan Robertson, University of York (readers and co-organisers)


University of York


FR Leavis Fund, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York





Now affiliated with the ‘Romantic Bicentennials’ network.




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