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Coleridge at the Calne Music and Arts Festival 2017

Calne Music and Arts Festival 2017
Coleridge in Calne
Saturday 7 October, 3.00pm - The Lansdowne Strand Hotel - Admission £5 (£4 Friends; £1 Child)

Poetry, songs, quips, quotes and local stories tell the tale of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Calne, featuring the Wiltshire History Man, Nick Baxter, and songs performed by Michelle Sheridan-Grant. A leading figure of the Romantics, Coleridge lived in Calne at the time of Waterloo, and took a keen interest in local events while writing his meditative classic, Biographia Literaria. Accompanied by the ballads of Thomas Moore, the 19th century Irish bard, who lived and is buried in Bromham.

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Online Supplement to Coleridge's 'Marginalia'

Announcing the Online Supplement to Marginalia, Vol. 12 in the Bollingen Edition of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published by Princeton University Press, 1969-2001.

Coleridge's marginalia, edited by George Whalley and H. J. Jackson, appeared in six volumes in the Bollingen Edition between 1980 and 2001. Given the choice of alphabetical order, and considering the length of time that passed between the start and finish of the project, during which time salerooms continued to operate, there were naturally fresh discoveries made of annotated books that turned up too late to take their proper place. But a home was found for these stray titles in the "Addenda" section of Volume Six. The editors' solution on that occasion provides the precedent for this online supplement that is expected to provide a good home for new materials as they emerge.

The unusual event that prompted this new online supplement was the discovery of completely new marginalia, notes written by Coleridge in a book that his name had never previously been associated with, in the spectacular Crewe Bequest to Trinity College Cambridge--which also included a fine example of a "lost book" with some unrecorded notes. (See With the kind permission of the Wren Library at Trinity College, both those books (Dalrymple and Pereira) are included in the inaugural group of marginalia on this website, along with links to digital images of the books.

The first set of titles thus includes one completely new title (Dalrymple) together with three "lost books" (Colquhoun, Pereira, Taylor) and two fragments (Bull, Schelling). All are given in PDF format, in a style designed as a close approximation of the style of the Collected Works, with which all users should be familiar: headnote, textus and notes in different colours, textual notes, footnotes in two columns on the same page. Abbreviations and other editorial apparatus conform to the conventions of the Bollingen Edition.

The editor and the host of this online resource at Victoria University Library (Toronto) gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Trinity College, Cambridge, and thank Princeton University Press for permission to use materials copyrighted to them. (“Introduction,” H. J. Jackson)

For inquiries about this resource, please contact:; To submit information about Lost Books Found, contact:

Humphry Davy course

Free online course: Humphry Davy

'Humphry Davy: Laughing gas, literature and the lamp'

This free online course (MOOC), organised by Lancaster University and the Royal Institution of Great Britain, The is intended for anyone with an interest in Humphry Davy, or early nineteenth century literature, science, or history. It will explore some of the most significant moments of Davy's life and career, including his childhood in Cornwall, his work at the Medical Pneumatic Institution in Bristol and the Royal Institution in London, his writing of poetry, his invention of his miners' safety lamp and the controversy surrounding this, and his European travels. The course will also investigate the relationships that can exist between science and the arts, identify the role that science can play in society, and assess the cultural and political function of science.

The course will start on 30 October 2017, and will run for four weeks. Learners will typically spend three hours per week working through the steps, which will include videos (filmed on location at the Royal Institution), text-based activities and discussion, and quizzes. Learners will be guided at all stages by a specialist team of Educators and Mentors. It's entirely free to participate, and no prior knowledge of Davy is required.

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested in participating.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lead Educator, Professor Sharon Ruston (

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Imagined Worlds 'Kubla Khan' project report

During 2016 and 2017 the Friends of Coleridge celebrated the bicentenary of the publication in 1816 of the visionary poem 'Kubla Khan'.

The Arts Council supported this innovative project after receiving our initial application for funding, which showed a substantial number of organisations working in partnership with us to arrange a programme of poetry, art, walks, talks, film and competitions.

After the completion of the project we thought you might be interested in seeing the illustrated report that we submitted to the Arts Council, summarising the various activities we ran. Click here to download it.


"I (did not) shoot the albatross"

A very rare Indian Yellow albatross was was found by birdlover Hugh Harris after it wondered onto his East Huntspill driveway looking exhausted - just a few flying miles from Nether Stowey where Coleridge wrote 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'.

Spotted just twice before in Europe, it is one of only one of only 73,000 left in the world.

The photograph shows Simon Kidner releasing it back into the wild at Brean Down, where it had landed after a flight from the South Atlantic.

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