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.

Conference: Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period

Conference: Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period

Birkbeck's School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London, 21 & 22 July 2017

Registration is now open. To view the full programme and purchase tickets, please visit the conference website:

Alfoxden to Stowey Walk

Alfoxden to Nether Stowey Walk

On Saturday 10 June, Terence Sackett and Ian Enters will be leading a walk from Alfoxden to Nether Stowey. It is part of the Sedgemoor Ramblers Walking Festival. There will be readings from 'Lyrical Ballads', plus extracts from Dorothy Wordsworth's Alfoxden Journal.

Symposium: ‘Writing Romantic Lives’

‘Writing Romantic Lives’
A One Day Postgraduate Symposium, hosted by Romanticism @ Edge Hill University & Keele University
25 November 2017

This postgraduate conference is held in celebration of the 200th anniversary of S. T. Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria (1817), an experimental combination of life writing, philosophy, and literary criticism. Coleridge’s interest in the self, creativity, imagination, and the relationship between poetry and cultural life forms part of the wider Romantic exploration of individuality and collectivity.

This one-day symposium, co-organised by Edge Hill and Keele Universities, asks: what kind of value is placed on auto/biographical writings of the Romantic period? How does life writing in the Romantic period engage with philosophical, theological and literary critical theories? What would Romantic writers have to say now, if given the chance?

Proposals for individual papers, panels of 3 speakers and a chair, or innovative presentation formats, are invited on the following topics (although they are certainly not limited to them):

Coleridge and the bicentenary of Biographia Literaria (1817)
The historical/cultural/literary significance of life writing (auto/biographical)
Poetry, prose and essays by and about key and marginal Romantic figures
Adaptations and re-imaginings of Romantic lives
Female biography and gender
Explorations of the link between creativity and the primary/secondary imagination
Health, illness and disability
Literary and memoir musings on 18th/19th century life
Romantic ecologies
Romantic life sciences and medicine
The evaluation and interpretation of literature
Memorial and elegiac writing
‘Spirit(s) of the age’
The ‘vitality’ debate
Romantic afterlives and legacies

Please submit:

Abstracts of 250 words for individual papers / creative responses

or panel proposals / innovative presentation formats of 500 words (including a brief introduction and details of each paper), along with a short biography of presenters

to by 18th September 2017.

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