The Poetic Libertine: Rochester, Byron And Other Scoundrels

A Talk with Author Alexander Larman


Jan 23rd 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm



‘Wickedness’, said Oscar Wilde, ‘is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.’ As a society, we have always been in thrall to that most debauched and dangerous of figures, the poet, and in the lordly forms of Rochester and Byron, chaos and decadence were trailed about in their wake like confetti. Yet these naughtiest of bad boys were also multi-faceted figures. Capable of writing the most moving and tender of love poetry as they shattered hearts and rules alike, they became the best-known figures in society, held in the highest of esteem until their inevitable downfalls. Alexander Larman will be discussing their brief but spectacularly eventful lives, as well as looking at contemporary figures who might one day be regarded in a similar fashion. 
Alexander Larman is a writer and biographer with an especial interest in the decadent, depraved and the distilled. A friend of the late Sebastian Horsley, he was once honoured with the Horsley encomium that ‘no man in London is more capable of genius - or a flop - than Alexander Larman.’ It is for others to say which of those designations he has embraced. 
7:00pm: Bar opens for pre-lecture drinks
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Lecture follwed by brief Q&A
9:00pm-9:30pm: Bar will remain open for post-lecture drinks
Please note: Guests will not be allowed entry after 7:45pm to avoid interrupting the lecture. If you are running late, please let us know asap
**Please note, the bar will be cash only during this event. A free cashpoint is located just next door at Sainsbury's**