A new narrative poem celebrating the poet Shelley and marking the 200th anniversary of his death. A first reading will take place in London this summer before a recital at the poet’s memorial in Viareggio in July.

Giving voice to the bronze bust erected to the English Romantic poet Shelley whose body washed up on the shoreline of Viareggio, ‘Prometheus Drowned’ seeks to reconcile the poet with those he left behind and justify his place in the modern age where statues are toppled and the podcast has supremacy over the ode.

Visited first by Mary Shelley and then by his first wife Harriet the author challenges the silent statue to account for his actions provoking a poetic odyssey that tells of Shelley’s ten days twisting in the waves, “his stormy going out, his short blown course and slow return to shore.”