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Hayley2020: a Fitzwilliam Museum conference

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Convened to mark the bicentenary of his death, Hayley2020 is the first ever conference dedicated to writer, scholar and amateur doctor William Hayley (1745-1820).

Hugely influential in his time, Hayley is now mostly remembered for persuading William Blake to move to the Sussex coast, commissioning illustrations and prints from him and driving him to distraction. But there is much more to the man who wrote (in verse) a runaway bestseller advising young women on how to attract and keep a husband, refused the poet laureateship for political reasons, and was the first person to publish an English translation of a long extract from Dante’s Inferno.

Join us online on November 12 and 13 for a series of presentations and discussions about Hayley and his world.

All welcome. 

Book to join us on Zoom, November 12-13. No charge, but donations welcome.

NB: Pre-recorded material will be available on a password-protected site to view from Thursday 5 November.


14.45-18.00 GMT Thursday 12 November

Conference zoom picnic lunch/breakfast/midnight feast* 13:00-14.30 GMT Friday 13 November

15.00-18.00 GMT Friday 13 November.


Online, on zoom. Link available after booking


Speaker Biographies

*depending on your location

With thanks to:

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create Created: 24 May 2022

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