Sunday 8 June

 9.30 am Transport leaves Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells to Penshurst Place (private entrance signed Love’s Victory)

 Sunderland Room, Penshurst Place                    coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival

 10.00-11.00 Welcome and Opening Plenary Chair: Alison Findlay (Lancaster University)

Mary Ellen Lamb (Southern Illinois University), ‘The Sidney Women’


11.00-12.30 Panel 1 Penshurst Place as Text Chair: Gavin Alexander (Cambridge University)

Susie West (Open University) ‘Architects of the self: the Sidneys take on Penshurst Place’

Richard Harp  (University of Las Vegas) ‘Ben Jonson’s Penshurst Place: intersection of the traditional and the postmodern’

Garth Bond, (Lawrence University) ‘A Mount of One’s Own: Class and Gender in the Representation of Penshurst’


12.30-1.30 Lunch break (lunch available in The Garden Restaurant or The Porcupine Pantry, Penshurst Place; picnic area)


1.30-3.00 Panel 2: Writing and Playing at Penshurst Chair: Germaine Warkentin (University of Toronto)

Michael G. Brennan (University of Leeds) ‘Love’s Victory and the Sidney family’

Katherine R. Larson (University of Toronto) ‘Playing at Penshurst: The Songs and Musical Games of Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory’

Alison Findlay (Lancaster University), ‘Love’s Victory in Production at Penshurst’


3.00-3.30 coffee, tea and biscuits


3.30-4.45 Panel 3: Love’s Victory in context  Chair: Judith Hawley (University College London)

Marion O’Connor (University of Kent)` “Silvesta was my instrument ordained”? Lucy Harington Russell, Third Countess of Bedford, as Family Marriage Broker’

Yasmin Arshad (University College, London) ‘Portrait of A Lady: Mary Sidney, Samuel Daniel and Household Drama’

Joyce Green MacDonald (MacDonald University of Kentucky), ‘ “Chast Desire”: Organizing Erotic Experience in Love’s Victory and The Lady of May


5.00-8.00 Performance of Lady Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory    

Baron’s Hall, PenshurstPlacedir. Martin Hodgson, Globe Education  ‘Read Not Dead’

Please pre-order interval drinks using the slip in your conference pack.

Post-performance drinks / food in The Leicester Arms, Penshurst, with chance to talk to the company. Transport back to Spa, Tunbridge Wells


Monday 9 June


9.30-10.30 Panel 4: The Scripts  of Love’s Victory  Chair: Marion Wynne-Davies (University of Surrey)

Paul Salzman (La Trobe University, Australia), Editing Love’s Victory

Marta Straznicky (Queen’s University, Ontario) ‘Reading the Huntington Manuscript of Wroth’s Loves Victorie’


10.30-11.00 Coffee / tea and biscuits


11.00-12.30  Panel 5: Sidneys: Home and Away Chair: Wendy Furman-Adams (Whittier College)

Gary Waller (Purchase College, State University of New York), ‘Penshurst’s ‘Sad Pilgrim’:  Robert Sidney’s Sixth Song’

Felicity Maxwell (University of Glasgow), ‘Scripting Family Life in Rowland Whyte and Sir Robert Sidney’s Letters’

Bernadette Andrea (University of Texas at San Antonio), ‘The Renaissance of Empire, the Sidney Family, and Mary Wroth’s Urania’


12.30-1.30 Lunch break ((lunch available in The Porcupine Pantry, or The Garden Restaurant, Penshurst Place; picnic area)


1.30-2.45 Panel 6: Emerging Voices at Penshurst Chair: Sarah Howe (Cambridge University)

Rahel Orgis (University of Neuchâtel) ‘Attempted Murder on the Banks of the Medway: Melodramatising Penshurst Place in Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania?’

Beth Cortese (Lancaster University) ‘Off the Beaten Path: Public Expectation and Intimate Desire in Open and Enclosed Spaces in Love’s Victory and Pamphilia to Amphilanthus

Amanda Henrichs (Indiana University), ‘Wroth’s Sidney: Reading Astrophil and Stella with Pamphilia’s Eyes’


2.45-3.15 Coffee/tea and biscuits


3.15-4.45 Panel 7: Re-Siting and Re-Writing Wroth  Chair: Christina Luckyj (Dalhousie University)

Ilona Bell (Williams College) ‘I first did her[e] knowe loue”: Penshurst and Wroth’s Poetics of Secrecy’

Akiko Kusunoki (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University), ‘Place, Identity and Women’s Writing: Mary Wroth and Murasaki Shikibu’

Naomi Miller (Smith College), ‘Reimagining the Subject: Traveling from Scholarship to Fiction with Mary Wroth’.

4.45-5.00 Concluding remarks and thanks

Alison Findlay (Lancaster University)