Today I am pleased to present the first of the plenaries which were featured at The Shelley Conference 2017: Nora Crook's: Mary Shelley's Editing of Percy Bysshe Shelley. This lyrical, intimate and passionate presentation by one of the preeminent authorities on Percy and Mary Shelley provides insights into the extraordinary care with which Mary edited her husband's poetical works. I was spell bound. It is not to be missed. Grab a favourite beverage, pull up a chair and prepare to be beguiled!
The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome really should be in the top 10 "must visit" attractions for anyone with a literary bent. Virtually everywhere else you go will be overrun with tourists. Not here. What a wonderful place to go and reflect on the life of one of the world's great poets. Take some poetry and a bottle of wine. I took my copy of his Collected Poems and read Epipsychidion. Shelley has a worthy resting place indeed. Build a visit into your itinerary - make the pilgrimage; you will not regret it. It will be a pause that refreshes not just the body, but also the spirit - particularly if you like cats!!!