Professor Michael Bradshaw looks afresh at the lives and writings of Ann Batten Cristall, William Wordsworth and other Romantic-era writers, drawing upon the real experience of visual impairment.

Often blindness in poetry is used for its symbolic value, where a blind character can suggest spiritual insight or inner creativity. In this talk Professor Michael Bradshaw (University of Worcester) takes a different approach, drawing upon the real experience of visual impairment, and looks afresh at the lives and writings of Ann Batten Cristall, William Wordsworth and other Romantic-era writers. He also explores the themes of blindness and sight, and the experience of non- and partially sighted characters.