Posted on 7 July 2016
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was written 200 years ago in June and July of 1816 - in what became known as the Year Without a Summer.
The event will feature readings from the works of Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley and two short academic talks by University of York PhD student Anna Mercer and Dr David Higgins from the University of Leeds.
Anna Mercer said: “Two hundred years ago Mary and Percy Shelley travelled to Lake Geneva where they would meet Lord Byron and stay near each other at the lake.
“Because of the poor weather they stayed indoors and read ghost stories to each other, the result of which was a writing competition that led to the composition of Frankenstein".
“The story of Frankenstein still resonates today. It is a fantastic story that everyone knows; you don’t even have to say who it is by - everyone knows the story.
“If you don’t know anything beyond the book; this event will hopefully stimulate you to find out more about the authors and the other things they went on to write.
“What people might not be aware of was the collaborative spirit between authors and in particular this creative group of young intellectuals which included Mary Shelley. People tend to think authors are solitary people, but there was a lot of collaboration.”