The Sidneys of Penshurst and Beyond: Contexts, Connections, Collaborations

A conference at Penshurst Place on 27-28 September 2022

We invite proposals for papers which explore the connections between the writings of the Sidney-Herbert family coterie and the world beyond. The conference aims to explore literary collaborations: exchanges between members of the family circles; conversations with writers in Britain, Europe, and beyond; and collaborations across time through critical and creative writings.

Another important area of investigation will be the Sidney-Herberts’ material collaborations with scribes, editors, printers, publishers and performers, both in their lifetimes and in their textual afterlives.

The Sidneys’ political, economic and diplomatic ties add a spatial-geographical dimension to our discussions and we welcome papers that place the Sidney-Herbert residences in wider contexts, looking to the City of London, the Court, the Continent and further afield to Arcadia, Tartaria and beyond.

Alison Findlay and Philip Sidney

Please send your proposals for 20-30 minute papers to by 30 July 2022.