Adam Nicolson  The Making of Poetry - Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels

Brimming with poetry, nature and stunning woodcut illustrations this is a unique account of the year Coleridge and Wordsworth spent together in the Quantocks producing some of the most famous poems in the English language, dreaming of a world changed by poetry.

It is the most famous year in English poetry. Out of it came, The Ancient Mariner  and Kubla Khan, Wordsworth's revolutionary verses in Lyrical Ballads and the great Tintern Abbey.

Award-winning writer Adam Nicolson tells the story, almost day by day, poem by poem, of the year in the late 1790s that Coleridge, Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and an ever-shifting cast of friends, dependants and acolytes spent together in the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

The Making of Poetry explores the idea that these poems came from this place. It is a portrait of great literary figures as young people, troubled, ambitious, dreaming of a vision of the world and struggling towards it. 

Adam Nicolson is the author of several books on great literature and place. He is the winner of the Wainwright, Ondaatje, William Heinemann and Somerset Maugham prizes and now lives in Sussex and Crete.

Adam Nicolson will be in conversation with Jason Goodwin.

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Friday 18th October, 6.00pm


Corn Exchange, High East Street

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Adults: £10.00


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