The Sidneys of Penshurst and Beyond: Contexts, Connections, Collaborations 27-28 September 2022

Wednesday 30 March 2022, 10:45am to Wednesday 28 September 2022, 10:45am


Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent, United Kingdom, TN11 8DG

Open to

Alumni, Applicants, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Prospective International Students, Prospective Postgraduate Students, Prospective Undergraduate Students, Public, Staff


Cost to attend - booking required

Registration Info

Further details: 


The coterie performance, to be held on the evening of 27 September, will have guests seated round tables in banqueting style

 (which will also allow for better social distancing). 

In addition to conference delegates, we will be able to accommodate a limited number of additional guests to the performance. 

Please let us know early if you would like an additional seat.

 The performance will also be filmed so do let us know if you do not wish to appear in the recorded film so that we can seat you accordingly.


Accommodation and travel : Further details of accommodation nearby in Tonbridge for 26-27 September 

with transport to and from Penshurst Place will follow when registration for the conference opens.

Ticket Price

Registration details and costs will appear shortly

Event Details

A conference at Penshurst Place on 27-28 September 2022 featuring a coterie performance of Lady Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory in the Baron’s Hall. We invite proposals for papers which explore the connections between the writings of the Sidney-Herbert family coterie and the world beyond.

The conference aims to explore literary collaborations: exchanges between members of the family circles; conversations with writers in Britain, Europe, and beyond;

and collaborations across time through critical and creative writings.

Another important area of investigation will be the Sidney-Herberts’ material collaborations with scribes, editors, printers, publishers and performers,

both in their lifetimes and in their textual afterlives.

The Sidneys’ political, economic and diplomatic ties add a spatial-geographical dimension to our discussions and we welcome papers that place the Sidney-Herbert

residences in wider contexts, looking to the City of London, the Court, the Continent and further afield to Arcadia, Tartaria and beyond.

Alison Findlay and Philip Sidney

Please send your proposals for 20-30 minute papers to by 30 July 2022.

Contact Details

Name Alison FIndlay, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing