Running online on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November 2020, and 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.
All are welcome.
Book now at https://tickets.museums.cam.ac.uk/hayley2020.
There’s no charge, but donations to the Fitzwilliam Museum are welcome.
More information at https://hayley.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/conference
Pre-recorded material will be available on a password-protected site to view from Thursday 5 November.
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