In Conversation: Sir Drummond Bone and Dr Ross Wilson (e2013), Monday 20 November


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The Master, Sir Gregory Winter CBE FRS (1970), is delighted to welcome Sir Drummond Bone, Master of Balliol College, Oxford, and Byron scholar, for this special event in the Master’s Lodge.

Professor Adrian Poole (1967) notes: Trinity’s most famous poet owes his celebrity to more than his writing. The sixth Lord Byron entered the College in 1805 aged 17 and spent most of his time carousing. Pleased with his ‘Superexcellent rooms’ – most likely on I staircase, Nevile’s Court – he ran through his generous annual allowance of £500 by drinking, gambling, and throwing wild parties. Nowadays he would be a Tutorial Nightmare.  Volatile, dissident, deviant, Byron was later to say: ‘What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.’ Out of travel and turmoil he created poems that entertain, disturb and console. To quote from the new anthology of Trinity Poets (Carcanet Press): ‘Byron remains one of the most various, virtuoso, and brilliant poets that English literature can boast.’ We are delighted to have two such major scholars and critics of Byron as Sir Drummond Bone and Ross Wilson (e2013) to throw light on Byron’s continuing significance.

Sir Drummond will be ‘in conversation’ with Dr Ross Wilson (e2013) – Trinity Fellow in English. They will discuss the  works of Byron and other writers from the Romantic period in English Literature. The event will be held in the Master’s Lodge, and will conclude with a drinks reception.

Please note: This event is only open to members of Trinity College Cambridge who are welcome to bring one guest. 

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Professor Sir Drummond Bone is Master of Balliol College, Oxford, and Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He was formerly Principal of Royal Holloway College, University of London, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool; he was President of Universities UK from 2005-7.

Ross Wilson was born in Salford, brought up in Manchester, and educated at Cambridge. He is Lecturer in Criticism in the Faculty of English and a Fellow in English at Trinity. His last book was *Shelley and the Apprehension of Life* (Cambridge, 2013) and he has published a number of essays on Romanticism and the history and theory of literary criticism, including on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Clare, Robert Browning, and Henry James. He is currently working on a book about the genres in which literary criticism has been written (prefaces, letters, biographies, dialogues, etc.) from about 1750, for which he received a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship in 2016/17. He has appeared on the television talking about Pope and the Thames, and on the radio talking about Byron and Trinity.


6:00 pm

Registration and Drinks

6:30 pm

Presentation / In conversation

7:15 pm

Drinks Reception

8:15 pm