Biographicon is a cultural psychogeography of the Northern Enlightenment

The Goths fancied that the souls of the illustrious dead were transmuted into flame; and that tomb-fires ascended from the graves of heroes, which became stars in the firmament. Such a transmutation the eminent really undergo by the record of their lives: thenceforth, like the lamps in cities, they blaze in the eyes of men, and guide the steps of each successive passenger along the nobler paths of human life.

William Taylor of Norwich

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UPCOMING: Richmond Players on the Boards

Richmond Civic Society public talk (25.3.25). Declan McCormack has been invited to give a talk about Samuel Butler’s Theatre Company at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Declan provided research material and advised on the Butler Company for the theatre’s new museum and visitor centre ’The Georgian Theatre Experience’ which won a White Rose Award upon opening. The ‘White Rose’ is the largest tourism event of its kind in the UK.


John Cunningham: Irish émigré, pastoral poet and player

Declan McCormack was invited to give a paper on the Irish poet and actor John Cunningham who made his living as a stroller in the North of England and Scotland at the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Annual Conference 2024  held at the University of Galway on 20-21 June  2024. The programme is available here

Under the Influence: Provincial Players in the Georgian North

The Society of Genealogists ONLINE talk (25.5.24) – Book here

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