Celebrating Lord Byron in Greece

The annual International Byron Conference has become an institution and this year the event takes on an even more ambitious dimension as it commemorates 200 years since the British poet’s first journey to Greece. Titled «Lord Byron and History,» the 35th International Byron Conference will take place in Athens and Mesolongi from September 6 to 13. Keynote speeches Mesolongi, a city rightfully linked to Byron’s heritage and boasting a leading position in the international map of Byronic history, co-hosts, along with the City of Athens, the elite of local and foreign Byron lovers who will be presenting a number of keynote speeches on the multifaceted aspects of Lord Byron’s life and works. In collaboration with Athens University, the Messolonghi Byron Society has gone to great lengths in view of this world-class event, with a number of academics having worked hard to guarantee its success – a special mention should be made to the contribution of Peter W. Graham of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, who is also the director of The Messolonghi Byron Society’s international relations. The conference will commence in Athens, with academic sessions taking place at suitable venues including the Athens University’s Great Hall (September 6) and the Old Parliament Chamber (September 7), where Dr William St Clair will deliver a keynote speech on «Venerable Monitors; Viewing the Acropolis of Athens in the Age of Lord Byron.» The rest of the conference will take place in Mesolongi’s prefecture hall. The upcoming conference will also count on the presence of Lord Byron’s descendants, the Earl of Lytton and Lord Byron 13th. For more information on the International Byron Conference in Mesolongi and Athens, visit