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Shakespeare’s Passionate Cousin by Duncan McGibbon, a BRLSI event

11 March @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Shakespeare's Passionate Cousin

Duncan McGibbon gives an account of Robert Southwell (1561-1595), a best-selling poet, Jesuit missionary and cousin of William Shakespeare.

Southwell ended his life as a martyr, but what was the influence of Southwell on Shakespeare? Southwell approved the language of passion, in his case the passion of those alienated from God, and in Shakespeare’s case the passion of those struggling with human love. In Venus and Adonis and plays such as Romeo and Juliet and King Lear the language of passion appears unique yet can be sourced in Southwell. This talk brings evidence both in terms of diction and documents, in a talk not to be missed.

Duncan McGibbon attended St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill and King’s College London. He was a member of the Poet’s Workshop which ran through the 1960s to the 1990s, where his mentors were among others, Philip Hobsbaum, George MacBeth, Leonard Clark, Peter Porter and Alan Brownjohn.

He published his first collection, Consolations in December 2010. His poems have appeared in the Summer edition of the Salzburg Review and a short story in the collection, Jigsaw (Berne.) He is a Poetry and Poet’s Voice Co-Convenor at BRLSI.

More about BRLSI

The Bath Royal and Literary Scientific Institution (BRLSI), supports Science, Literature and Art to the City of Bath and now, thanks to the power of digital technology, the wider world. They provide a community hub for those interested in cultural activities and a host of smaller cultural societies that meet in our building. As if that were not enough, they also maintain a rich geographical and ethnological collection of world renown and importance. BRLSI are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year. Find out more about what is happening

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