‘Sheffield: Protest’ Podcast

Episode 3. ‘Thoughts on wheels’: James Montgomery’s Poetry of 1816

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In this episode Adam delivers a paper originally written for ‘The Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’, an international conference held at the University of Sheffield in June 2016 and organized by Professor Angela Wright and Dr Maddy Callaghan.

The paper picks up James Montgomery’s story in 1816, almost a decade after his break-out hit ‘The Wanderer of Switzerland’, which had received rave reviews from the likes of William Wordsworth, Lord Byron and Robert Southey.

However, Montgomery’s 1816 contribution(the intriguingly titled ‘Thoughts on Wheels’) received a far from universally positive reception.

In this episode Adam looks at this collection in the context of Montgomery’s career as a whole and tries to what, if anything, went wrong…

The podcast touches on all kinds of topics including:

Sheffield radicalism
Sheffield history
Newspaper history
James Montgomery
William Wordsworth
Robert Southey
Lord Byron
The Lottery
Sentimentality
Romanticism
Republicanism
Poetry

Music in the podcast was downloaded from the Free Music Archive. The track is titled ‘Babel’ and it is by Anga.


Episode 2. ‘Swine will rise as men’: Sheffield’s radical press and the French Revolution

Dr Jane Hodson, University of Sheffield School of English.
Dr Jane Hodson, University of Sheffield School of English.

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Adam talks to University of Sheffield lecturer Dr Jane Hodson about the relationship between these Sheffield poems and events that were happening in 18th-century France. These poems appeared in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution and the subsequent Revolutionary Wars. They are in dialogue with famous responses to the Revolution by writers such as Richard Price, Edmund Burke and Thomas Payne. So, how did these Sheffield papers make sense of these unprecedented events?

During the podcast Adam and Jane discuss the following poems, which you can read in full elsewhere on our project website:

The podcast touches on all kinds of topics including:

  • Sheffield radicalism
  • Sheffield history
  • Newspaper history
  • James Montgomery
  • Joseph Gales
  • Edmund Burke
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Richard Price
  • Thomas Payne
  • William Godwin
  • French Revolution
  • Caleb Williams
  • Sentimentality
  • Romanticism
  • Republicanism
  • Patriotism
  • Poetry
  • The novel
  • Freedom
  • Liberty

Music in the podcast was downloaded from the Free Music Archive. The track is titled ‘Babel’ and it is by Anga.

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Episode 1. Faking the Moment: Poetry and Letters in the Sheffield Register

From left: Adam Smith, Sophie Baldock and Carly Stevenson.
From left: Adam Smith, Sophie Baldock and Carly Stevenson.

 

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In this, our first broadcast, Adam talks to University of Sheffield PhD candidates Sophie Baldock and Carly Stevenson about the relationships between the poems and letters printed in the Sheffield Register during its final year in print.

Sophie works on Post-War American poets and letter writing. Carly’s PhD looks at Gothic and Romantic notions of death, focussing on poetry in particular. Together they are well suited to help Adam answer a question that has been bugging him since this project began:

Why did some angry late 18th-century Sheffield residents decide to write into their local paper in poetry, whilst others wrote in with letters? And why did others decide to write both?

The podcast touches on all kinds of topics including:

  • The art of letter writing
  • Sheffield radicalism
  • Sheffield history
  • Newspaper history
  • James Montgomery
  • Joseph Gales
  • Percy Shelley
  • Romanticism
  • Chartist poetry
  • Epistolary fiction
  • Corresponding societies
  • Patriotism
  • French Revolution
  • American post-war poetry

Poems mentioned:

Music in the podcast was downloaded from the Free Music Archive. The track is titled ‘Babel’ and it is by Anga.

If you’ve enjoyed this podcast you might like to follow us on Twitter:

Sophie Baldock:    @SophieBaldock
Carly Stevenson:    @StevensonCarly
Adam James Smith:    @elementaladam

University of Sheffield School of English: @ShefEnglish

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