As pointed out by Charlotte Higgins, The Regency (1811-1820) continues to occupy a huge place in the British cultural imagination both in our books and on our screens. The popularity of Bridgerton, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion demonstrate our ongoing fascination with the genre. In this discussion, Mansfield alumna Sophie Irwin and Professor Ros Ballaster will be asking why this is, and exploring the social and political potential of the Regency. What do these works tell us about the present? What playful potential exists in the Regency? The discussion will be followed by a Q&A, and include a reading from Sophie's debut novel: A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting.