Lyme Regis talk to reveal The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 January 2018

Fiona Sampson. Picture: Ekaterina-Voskresenskaya

Fiona Sampson. Picture: Ekaterina-Voskresenskaya


Radio 4’s Book of the Week will be in Lyme Regis for a special talk by Fiona Sampson MBE on her new book ‘In Search of Mary Shelley’.

It marks the centenary of the publication of Frankenstein.

In January, the publication is Radio 4’s Book of the Week, it was Guardian Book of the Day, and featured on the BBC’s Start the Week.

Mary Shelley’s dramatic life story is well known. But who was the woman who lived it? In this event Fiona Sampson sifts through the evidence, followed by audience questions.

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day.

Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe.

She coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever.

Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes.

Fiona Sampson uncovers a complex, generous character – friend, intellectual, lover and mother – trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.

Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature.

A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator, and university professor as well as a violinist.

Lyme Literary presents the talk, entitled In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein at the Marine Theatre on Thursday, January 25.

Tickets cost £4 in advance or £6 on the door, with the doors open at 7pm.

Seating is not allocated and tickets are available online from or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone, and a booking hotline: 01297 442138. A booking fee may apply.

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