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.

Related Sessions
Tuesday 6 October 2009, 7.00pm Notre Dame University, London
Wednesday 7 October 2009, 7.00pm British Library, London
Monday 12 October 2009, 7.00pm Foyles Charing Cross Road
Tuesday 13 October 2009, 7.00pm Notre Dame University, London
Thursday 22 October 2009, 7.00pm Kowalsky Gallery, London
Tuesday 27 October 2009, 7.00pm Notre Dame University, London
Saturday 31 October 2009, 6.45pm Royal College of Music
Sunday 1 November 2009, 12.30pm Student Union
Sunday 1 November 2009, 3.45pm Lecture Theatre 2
Sunday 1 November 2009, 5.30pm Student Union

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

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