Lord Byron: ‘The summer of a dormouse…’
Thus did the poet describe the brevity of human existence.
And in that short life, (dead at 36) he managed to pack enough notoriety, fame, cruelty, generosity, sexual delinquency and marvellous poetry sufficient to exhaust ten normal men. (44)
In this talk Gareth Owen will inevitably touch on that rare life but in the main, he will be using his skill as a verse reader, to illuminate Byron’s genius through his own words: the poems, the journals and above all, the marvellous letters.
Gareth Owen as well as being a prize-winning poet, for many years presented the BBC’s Poetry Please! and is the winner of the national Speak a Poem award.