Conference: The Worlds of John Thelwall (25 June 2016 @ Fordham University)

FRG Thelwall 6.25.16

Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival (28 May 2016)

The John Thelwall Society invites you to an event at this year’s Hay Festival. After breakfast at the Relish Restaurant (pay for own), Richard Parry and Penelope J. Corfield will lead a walk to Llyswen and tour of Ty Mawr/Llyswen Farm. A self-provided picnic lunch will then take place at Llyswen Village Hall, with wine/soft drinks/tea/coffee sponsored by the John Thelwall Society. For more information, please view the Event Itinerary.

CFP: The Worlds of John Thelwall @ Fordham (July 25, 2016) [Deadline Extended]

The CFP deadline for Fordham University’s one-day John Thelwall symposium, co-sponsored by The John Thelwall Society, has been extended to February 15. This conference will take place at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City on 25 June 2016. The revised CFP is below. We hope to see many of you there!
John Thelwall 2016 CFP Notice Extended

CFP: The Worlds of John Thelwall @ Fordham (July 25, 2016)

We are pleased to share the CFP for Fordham University’s one-day John Thelwall conference, co-sponsored by The John Thelwall Society.  This conference will take place at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City on 25 June 2016.

Fordham Conference


John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination

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Yasmin Solmonescu’s book, John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination (Palgrave, 2014), is now available in hardcover, EPUB, and Ebook formats. Yasmin, who spent the last academic year at the National Humanities Center after winning the National Humanities Center Fellowship, is … Continue reading

JTS at BSECS 2016 (Oxford)

Please visit us at BSECS 2016 (6th Jan 2016 to 8th Jan 2016, St Hugh’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom)!

Our panel is titled “Growth, Expansion and Contraction: British Jacobin Orators under the Cosh in the 1790s” and has been organized by Steve Poole.

Steve has provided the following summary of the panel discussion:

“This John Thelwall Society panel revisits arguments about the impact of popular and judicial repression upon the growth and expansion of radical extra-parliamentary politics in Britain in the mid 1790s. An escalating number of arrests for sedition and High Treason, physical attacks from church and king mobs, and the passage of Pitt’s “Gagging Acts” in 1795 all struck at the resolve and effectiveness of popular democratic societies, but the extent to which they contracted or dissolved remains uncertain. We revisit this question here, by focusing on the divergent experiences of four important orators from the Corresponding Societies: Henry Redhead Yorke, Thomas Muir, John Gale Jones, and John Thelwall.” 

Raising Voices: The Legacy of Citizen John Thelwall

Having been awarded a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Judith Thompson is recruiting students and collaborators for her new project, Raising Voices: The Legacy of Citizen John Thelwall. Consistent with the mission of the John Thelwall Society, the aim of this two-part, 4-year project is to revive and raise Thelwall’s voice and values, and connect them to communities that still struggle to realize the democratic rights and liberties for which he fought.

For more information, please see the project page. You may also contact Judith at

Members of the Thelwall Society are invited to spread the word among promising students.

Book Announcement: Judith Thompson’s _John Thelwall: Selected Poetry and Poetics_

We are pleased to announce the publication of Judith Thompson’s newest book on Thelwall and to offer a 30% discount for all JTS members! See description and discount offer below.


Judith Thompson restores poetry to its integral place in the long and diverse career of John Thelwall with the publication of John Thelwall: Selected Poetry and Poetics. Showcasing Thelwall’s poetic range and originality, practical fluency and influence, this groundbreaking volume contains 125 fully-annotated poems and eight critical essays drawn from both his published work and the unpublished Derby manuscript. Organized by genre and chronology according to Thelwall’s own instructions, it introduces his poetic genesis and development, theory and practice in the context of his pioneering work in other fields, as well as historical traditions, the poetry of major contemporaries from Blake to Byron, and recent critical paradigms of sociable, performative and gendered romanticism. Eight chapters cover the range of Thelwall’s poetic forms, from the pastoral that was fundamental to his revisionary poetics, to the satirical ballads and comic poems, the experimental sonnets and odes, and substantial excerpts from his “constitutional epic” The Hope of Albion, as well as a selection of his surprisingly erotic love poems, combining seditious and seductive allegory. A man of his time who was also far ahead of it, Thelwall offers fresh insights into the function of poetry in the public sphere, and a new approach to reading romanticism, based on the spoken rather than the written word. To access the Discount for members of the JTS, click here:

‘Yarico’ Coming to London

‘Inkle and Yarico’ was a popular eighteenth century story of slavery and love in the Caribbean. A musical version is shortly to be produced in London by Jodie Kidd, the former supermodel, and her father John Kidd (a descendant of Lord Beaverbrook). This musical is based on a play staged by George Colman the Younger in 1787 at the Haymarket. But did you know that  the idea for Colman’s play may have been ‘stolen’ from John Thelwall, who handed Colman’s father the manuscript of a play based on the same story just months before the Haymarket production? Thelwall’s version actually corresponds more closely to the original seventeenth century story, and chimes better with modern postcolonial attitudes: it mocks the white colonizers, has powerful female/native/black characters (Yarico and Yahoma), and has the natives turn the tables on the white colonizers in the final scene. (Colman altered the original ending in his version.) A version of Thelwall’s play was performed in Bath in 2007 by Bill Wallis and other actors from the company ‘Show of Strength’ (who had also previously performed Colman’s musical version). Read more about this fascinating story and John Thelwall’s antislavery activities in a new paper by Dr Michael Scrivener.

Photos from the First Annual John Thelwall Society Conference

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