Coleridge Summer Conference 2020

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From 27-31 July 2020 the Coleridge Conference will be held for the first time in the Lake District, in the heart of Newlands, the valley he loved for ‘the exceeding greenness & pastoral beauty of the Vale itself, with the savage wildness of the Mountains, their Coves, and long arm-shaped & elbow-shaped Ridges'.

As usual, the conference will be both intense and relaxed, as the mostly plenary sessions overspill into garden parties, poetry readings and hikes along the river, up Causey Pike or to the nearby pub and tearooms. A ropes course, volleyball and archery will be available for the more athletic Coleridgeans. Paddling and stone-skimming in the beck is also possible.

This time, our keynote speaker is Mary Favret, author of War at a Distance and Romantic Correspondence.

Our venue, Newlands Activity Centre, is viewable here:

The cost, for full residence, meals, fee and transport to and from Penrith railway station will be approx. £380-£520, depending on the level of accommodation you choose. Bursaries for part of this cost will be available to graduate students and to unwaged scholars on a competitive basis. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, say so and explain why at the top of your proposal. The conference is supported in 2020 by the Friends of Coleridge and the Charles Lamb Society.

Proposals for 20 minute papers on Coleridge and related authors/topics are now invited (Charles Lamb especially welcome): send a maximum of 300 words to by the end of November. Please put your name, email address and affiliation at the top of the email and at the top of the attached proposal.

Tim Fulford

Coleridge Summer Conference Committee

Professor Tim Fulford, Academic Director
Dr Kerri Andrews, Edge Hill University
Dr Jo Taylor, University of Manchester

For details email

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