Dr Shirley Dent

Shirley Dent is an associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas and was formerly communications director. She has written and commented widely on arts and literature, including a blog at Guardian Arts Unlimited, and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. She researched the editorial and bibliographic history of William Blake’s works for her PhD, co-authoring a book on the subject with Jason Whittaker, Radical Blake.

Shirley continues to contribute academic essays to scholarly collections, including essays on copyright, censorship and the hymn ‘Jerusalem’ and its use by the far right.

Shirley was formerly head of communications at the Policy Studies Institute and assistant editor at the New Humanist. She has led work on children and their use of connected devices, such as smartphones, and currenty manages media relations for the British Veterinary Association; edits tlfw.co.uk, a website and network for women childfree by circumstance or choice; and lectures on London and literature.

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Saturday 12 July 2008, 12.15pm Norton Rose LLP
China’s new cultural revolution


Tuesday 29 July 2008, 7.00pm Vibe Live
Who gives a folk?


Tuesday 7 October 2008, 7.00pm Vibe Live
Poetry and radicalism


Tuesday 14 October 2008, 7.00pm Vibe Live
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Tuesday 21 October 2008, 7.00pm Vibe Live
Who needs ballet when we’ve got street dance?


Saturday 1 November 2008, 10.30am Henry Moore Gallery
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Saturday 1 November 2008, 3.30pm Student Union
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Saturday 1 November 2008, 6.30pm Imperial College, Exhibition Road
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Sunday 2 November 2008, 2.00pm Student Union
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 Publications

Radical Blake: Afterlife and Influence from 1827 (co-author with Jason Whittaker) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)


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