Byronathon. May 2020 – POSTPONED

Dear NAP members,
You may be aware that following our success in gaining the money from the World Monuments Fund which enabled the city council to carry out necessary repairs to the West Front of the Abbey, NAP is now looking for other ways to raise funds to enable further improvements.
One of the suggestions is to hold a celebration of Byron’s life with a particular focus on his poetry. This project is called the Byronathon, since originally we considered a two-day continuous poetry session. However, having taken into account various practical considerations, the plan now is to have a taster session later this year (probably on Saturday 2nd May) and the full programme next year.
Both sessions would be divided into four parts; each one focusing on the following phases of Byron’s life:
(i) The Young Byron
(ii) The Grand Tour
(iii) Fame and Marriage
(iv) Exile and the Vampyre Family

The taster session is intended to be a narrative with poetry readings, whereas the full programme will be more of a theatrical event. The taster is still at the planning stage and will depend on volunteers agreeing to take part. Gedling Borough Council have also given an indication that a small budget might be available.
The full programme has been the subject of a series of meetings of a working group, but is a more complicated project which will probably call for a number of funding applications. In order to be eligible for many of these funding streams, NAP needs to have charitable status and that is something that is being worked on at the moment.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Byronathon in any of its forms, please contact the NAP Secretary for an invitation to its various meetings.

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