Fiona Sampson

Two Way Mirror

Wigtown Parish Church
In person & Online event
Thu 30 Sep
12:00 UK
£0.00 to £9.00

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,' Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously wrote, shortly before defying her family by running away to Italy with Robert Browning. But behind the romance of her extraordinary life stands a thoroughly modern figure, who remains an electrifying study in self-invention. Elizabeth was born in 1806, a time when women could neither attend university nor vote, and yet she achieved lasting literary fame. She remains Britain's greatest woman poet, whose work has inspired writers from Emily Dickinson to George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. This vividly written biography, the first full study for over thirty years, incorporates recent archival discoveries to reveal the woman herself: a literary giant and a high-profile activist for the abolition of slavery who believed herself to be of mixed heritage; and a writer who defied chronic illness and long-term disability to change the course of cultural history. 

About the author: Fiona Sampson is a leading poet and writer, published in thirty-eight languages. A broadcaster, critic and literary translator, she was editor of Poetry Review 2005–12 and is Emeritus Professor, University of Roehampton. Sampson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Wordsworth Trust and a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund; her honours include an MBE for services to literature, the Newdigate Prize, Cholmondeley Award, Hawthornden Fellowship, and multiple awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales, Society of Authors, Poetry Book Society and Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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