We Want to Hear From You!


We Want to Hear From You!

The Keats-Shelley Association of America is an organization whose history stretches back over many decades. I am proud to have been asked to be a Board Member. Over these years, the K-SAA has distinguished itself by being a poetic associations that tries to appeal not only to academics but also to lovers of poetry from all walks of life - all around the world.

For example, last year the K-SAA mounted a project called Frankenreads which I wrote about here: Frankenstein is Coming to Your Neighbourhood. Frankenreads was a celebration of Mary Shelley‘s famous novel Frankenstein. Taking place on Halloween in 2018, people from around the world joined together to read parts of or all this brilliant novel. All-day readathons took place across the globe including, for example, at Trinity College in Dublin, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, Nord University in Norway, University of Sofia in Bulgaria and the Casa della Litteratura in Rome. Dozens of others held multi-day readathons, film screenings, performances, and lectures during Halloween or over the course of the year. By the time it was all over, a total of 603 events had taken place. Read more about it here.

Our organization is now anxious to build on the momentum of this tremendous outreach project. A CONFIDENTIAL questionnaire has been developed that is designed to encourage people like you to express your opinions about what a 21st-century K-SAA might look like. It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, tell us what you think.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE IS CONFIDENTIAL AND YOUR ANSWERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS: all results are tabulated by an outside, third-party agency.

Unfortunately, I and concerned that many of you may not know who we are and what we do. If this is true, it is actually important that you tell us this. If Shelley and Keats fans outside of the universities don’t know about the Keats-Shelley Association, then I don’t think we are doing our job. There are thousands of subscribers to this Facebook page - people around the world who clearly love the poet Shelley and want to be engaged with his poetry and ideas. But if you don’t know about one of the few organizations in the world designed to promote Shelley, Keats and their circle, something might be wrong and we should think about fixing fix it.

This is a tremendous opportunity for the Shelley Nation to make its views known. I know that you are all passionate lovers of Percy’s poetry and I believe that many of you are also devotees of Keats, Mary and the other writers who belonged to this circle of 19th Century writers.

I therefore urge you to follow the link below to our confidential questionnaire and tell us what you think. The critically important question is Number 9:

It would be very helpful if you could comment on what isn’t being done by K-SAA that you feel needs to be done going forward. If you aren’t engaged, what might engage you? (Please include thoughts about scope of activities, potential programs or initiatives, and potential services.)

Personally I am very interested in what you think about the Keats-Shelley Association website. Is it easy to navigate? Does it tell you what you want to know? What do you think of our blog? The Association also has associated Twitter (@KSAAcomm) and Facebook Pages (https://www.facebook.com/KSAAcomm/). Check them out - let us know what you think. We also publish a excellent journal every year - is this something that matters to you?

Question 10 is also important. We want to know what it is about these 19th Century writers that matters to you. Is it Shelley’s politics? The beauty of Keats’ odes? Is it Mary’s insights into human nature? Knowing why these people matter to you could help us craft programmes that might interest you.

I realize this is asking a lot - it is not a simple yes or no question. But we need you to help us. You have lots of room to answer the question. What can the Keats-Shelley Association offer you that would make you join?

If you would like to send me a private email - you can do that well. graham@grahamhenderson.com I will treat all comments as confidential.

You have until 15 May to fill out the questionnaire. So please take action now.