Byron's Fancy is a radio play by David Pownall. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 27 June 1999. The running time is 90 minutes[1][2].


Set in Cambridge in 1807, the play focuses on Lord Byron as a 19-year-old undergraduate - already a published poet and an established dissolute. During an intrigue, he is badly beaten up and so goes into training at gentleman John Jackson's Boxing Academy. For payment, the bankrupt poet will teach the champion wrestler to write verse.



Directed by Marina Caldarone

Critical ReceptionEdit


  1. Diversity Website

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