In Search of Mary Shelley: the Girl who Wrote Frankenstein

It is with great disappointment that we have to announce that our speaker for this talk, Fiona Sampson, has cancelled her appearance here at St Albans Cathedral. While we have been trying to make it possible for her to make this engagement, unfortunately this has not been successful. Please accept our apologies. All those who have already booked tickets will be notified via email and shall be receiving refunds. 


Astonishingly, Mary Shelley was still a teenager when she composed Frankenstein and created two of our most enduring archetypes. Her life, as the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, is legendary. But who was the woman who lived it? She's left plenty of evidence, and in this fascinating dialogue with the past, Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story. She uncovers a complex, generous character, trying to fulfill her own commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was to be extraordinary.

Tutor: Professor Fiona Sampson MBE FRSL, Author

Venue: Lady Chapel, St Albans Cathedral (please click link for map)

Date:  Wednesday 19 December 2018                        

Time: 8:00-9.30pm                                        

Cost:  £10

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