Dr Shirley Dent
communications specialist & PR lecturer; author, Radical Blake

Shirley Dent is an associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas and was formerly communications director. She is a communications specialist and consultant and lectures on public relations.

Shirley has written and commented widely on communications, arts and literature, including a blog at Guardian Arts Unlimited, and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. She researched the editorial and bibliographic history of William Blake’s works for her PhD, co-authoring a book on the subject with Jason Whittaker, Radical Blake.

She continues to contribute academic essays to scholarly collections, including essays on copyright and censorship. Shirley also edits tlfw.co.uk, a website and network for women childfree by circumstance or choice.


Saturday 28 October, 12:00 Pit Theatre
Banter and besties: is friendship in peril?

Sunday 29 October, 14:00 Old Shop
Harry Potter at 20: the wonder of children’s literature