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Lancaster PhD Student and the John Thelwall Society

Date: 18 October 2013

English Literature PhD student Gordon Bottomley is also one of the co-founders of the John Thelwall Society and its general secretary.

The Society was formed in 2012 and launched at BSECS in Oxford at the beginning of that year. It aims to promote awareness of the life and works of Thelwall, a Romantic-era radical reformer, poet, playwright, political theorist and speech therapist, and offer widely accessible seminars and other events on his life and works.

Gordon has spoken about the impact of Thelwall's work at several events, including a Bindlman Lecture at the Wordsworth Trust in September 2012, entitled 'John Thelwall and the Radical Surgeons' and a paper at the North West Long Nineteenth Century Seminar group in July 2013. This event was organised by another member of the Department of English and Creative Writing, Prof Sharon Ruston.

The John Thelwall Society are also organising a 3-day international conference for 25th-27th July 2014, to mark the 250th anniversary of Thelwall's birth. Further details about this conference, entitled 'John Thelwall at 250: Medicine, Literature and Reform in London, ca. 1764-1834', can be found on the Society's website following the link below.

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