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Mary Wollstonecraft, the great early feminist, lived in Somers Town. And died there – died shaking with a fever soon after her daughter was born. That daughter was the great early novelist, Mary Shelley. This walk explores the Somers Town they knew – a place of poverty and political exiles and refugees and revolutionaries. We'll see where she lived, a home Wollstonecraft set up on radical principles with the anarchist William Godwin in the Polygon, itself a radical housing scheme. We'll visit the secret graveside spot where that philanderer Percy Bysshe Shelley used to wait for his 16-year-old lover Mary. And in the 200th year after Frankenstein’s monster first appeared, we'll absorb some of the influences which shaped that most enduring and compelling of characters from English literature.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY IN SOMERS TOWN – THE PRACTICALS

The Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley in Somers Town walk takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, February 2 and at 10.45 am on Sunday, March 31.  Meet by the Visitor Centre on the main concourse of EustonRailway Station

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