22 March 2020

Romantic poetry and race/class/gender

Edson Burton, Anna Saunders and Charles Thompson explore the attitudes, issues and prejudices within the works of acclaimed Romantic Poets.

To what extent did the Romantic Poets (including Keats, Shelley, Byron and Blake) represent freedom, rebellion and change?

To what extent did they conform to existing prejudices, especially in their attitudes to race, class and gender?

Acclaimed poets Edson Burton, Anna Saunders and Charles Thompson explore these issues, reading classic poems from the canon alongside their own work.

Dr Edson Burton
Dr Edson Burton is a writer, historian, programme-curator and performer based in Bristol. His academic specialisms include: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black History in the USA; and cultural continuities between Africa & the New World. Edson has maintained a parallel career as a poet and writer for theatre and radio.

Anna Saunders
Anna is a published poet, the author of Communion, StruckKissing the She Bear and Ghosting for Beginners. Anna is also the Executive Director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival and works as a creative writing tutor and mentor, a communications specialist, a journalist, broadcaster and a copywriter/editor.

Charles Thompson
Charles is an English artist, poet and photographer. In the early 1980s he was a member of The Medway Poets. In 1999 he named and co-founded the Stuckists art movement with Billy Childish. He has curated Stuckist shows, organised demonstrations against the Turner Prize, run an art gallery, stood for parliament and reported Charles Saatchi to the Office of Fair Trading.

About Lyra Poetry Festival

Lyra Poetry Festival presents a radical, diverse programme focusing on climate, nature and Bristol’s legacy of Romantic Poetry.

Lyra aims to present and promote poetry in as many formats as possible, and this year they are hosting live readings, slam poetry, open mics, family activities, workshops, panel discussion, walking tours and a film screening.

Find out more about Lyra Poetry Festival.