Dear all,

Given uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are currently taking advice on whether or not to go ahead with the British Milton Seminar on 21st March as planned (see programme below).

For the time being, please assume that the BMS will go ahead, but please be sure to book only refundable tickets for travel given the possibility that circumstances may change in the coming days.

We will confirm early next week (on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th March) whether or not the seminar will proceed as planned.

Thank you for bearing with us in the meantime.

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight (co-convenors)


BMS 61

Saturday 21 March 2020

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.


Vladimir Brljak (Durham), ‘Milton and the Space Age: Premodern Universes and Modern Readers’;

Tessa Parslow (Exeter), ‘“A Meet and Happy Conversation”: Milton and Divorce in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre’.


Claire Bourne (Pennsylvania State) and Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge), ‘Reading Milton Reading Shakespeare’.


The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see:

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see:

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington ( or Professor Sarah Knight (

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)