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, 10.30am Lecture Theatre 1
MySpace generation

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Animating real life

Saturday, 1.30pm Lecture Theatre 1
Digital commons

Saturday, 3.30pm Lecture Theatre 1
Privacy is dead. Long live privacy?

Sunday, 10.00am Henry Moore Gallery
Is ballet too elitist?

Sunday, 2.00pm Student Union
Should poetry please?

 Publications

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

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Prof AC Grayling, philosopher