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The Byrothon

There’s more to Byron than his bear! Come to The Byrothon: a 24-hour reading of Trinity alumnus Lord Byron’s works Marking 200 years since the death of Byron (1788-1824) Trinity students, staff and alumni read Byron's works over 24 hours in Trinity's atmospheric Antechapel. The Byrothon is free and open to all, on a first come, first served basis. A free drink (one per person) will be available.

  • 23rd February 2024 - 24th February 2024
  • 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm

He’s known for his literary flair, wit, charisma and unconventionality. Lord Byron, a student at Trinity 1805-1808, is notorious for bringing a bear to the College because dogs were not (and still aren’t) allowed. But there is more to Byron than his bear!

The Byrothon is a 24-hour livestreamed reading of Byron’s works and letters by Trinity students, Fellows, staff and alumni, including Succession and The Crown actor Pip Torrens, the current Lord Byron, the Master Dame Sally Davies, and prize-winning poet Dr Parwana Fayyaz.

Lord Byron was a prolific and brilliant writer. So popular were his works that pirated copies abounded. His flamboyance, good looks, literary talent and unconventional lifestyle drew admirers and detractors.

While at Trinity – a ‘villainous chaos of din and drunkenness, nothing but hazard and burgundy, hunting, mathematics …’ – according to the 19-year-old Byron, he brought to College his ‘new friend, the finest in the world, a tame bear.’

The Byrothon: a 24-hour reading of alumnus Lord Byron’s works – Trinity College Cambridge

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