Imagined Worlds 'Kubla Khan' art exhibition at Coleridge Cottage in May

Imagined Worlds 'Kubla Khan' art exhibition at Coleridge Cottage

During May visitors to the National Trust's Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey will have a unique opportunity to see an innovative exhibition of artworks inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous and visionary poem 'Kubla Khan'.

During the past year the Friends of Coleridge have been celebrating the bicentenary of the first publication of the poem in 1816.

Somerset Art Works managed this exciting venture in which artists were invited to create a painting inspired by 'Kubla Khan' under the theme 'Imagined Worlds'. The Friends were delighted with the high quality and innovative approaches of many of the region's foremost artists. A selection of their outstanding artworks has been on display in Taunton and Bath.

On 4 May the exhibition comes to Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, where Coleridge lived for a period of three years during which he wrote much of his most memorable poetry.

This exciting and stimulating exhibition, curated by Jon England and Somerset Art Works, will be on show to visitors in the Garden Room, Coleridge Cottage, Thursdays to Mondays, 11am to 5pm, 4 May to 22 May. Normal admission prices apply.

Other events to celebrate the bicentenary have included a programme of poetry, walks, talks, film and competitions. This highly successful project has been supported by the Arts Council, Somerset Artworks and Somerset Film.

Lecture: ‘Coleridge and the Historical School at Göttingen in 1799'

Lecture: ‘Coleridge and the Historical School at Göttingen in 1799'
Thursday 27 April, 5:30pm, Room 111, Foster Court, UCL, London

You are warmly invited to attend a lecture given by Dr. Maximiliaan van Woudenberg, who will be addressing the Science & Literature seminar organised in collaboration between the Reception of British Authors in Europe (RBAE) and UCL A&H with his paper entitled: ‘Coleridge and the Historical School at Göttingen in 1799'.

Dr. van Woudenberg's paper will be followed by questions and discussion, and the meeting will conclude with a glass of wine at 7:30 pm.

'What did Coleridge do in Göttingen?' This has been a persistent question ever since Coleridge returned to England from Germany in 1799. Over the past two hundred years, responses have varied significantly, interpreting the Göttingen period as spoiling Coleridge’s career as a poet; as a waste of time, or; as a significant influence on his thinking.

Founded by the Hanoverian rulers of Great Britain in the 1730s, the University of Göttingen was an innovative institution that anticipated the foundation of the modern von Humboldt research-university model. Drawing on hitherto unexamined primary records and documents, this talk explores Coleridge’s engagement with the innovations of a Reform university during his studies at the University of Göttingen in 1799. In particular, it was the methodology of the Historical School at Göttingen that had a profound impact on Coleridge’s intellectualism. An understanding of the influence of the Historical School at Göttingen characterizes Coleridge as a visionary whose cross-cultural importation of continental methods in England was ahead of its time.

Dr. Maximiliaan van Woudenberg: Maximilaan van Woudenberg is a College Professor of English and Communications in the Faculty of Humanities at the Sheridan Institute of Technology in Canada. He has published on book history, print and material culture, digital humanities, and such Romantic figures as Austen, Byron, Coleridge, and Mary Shelley. Along with Dr. Anthony Mandal, he is an editor of the online journal Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840. He recently completed a monograph on Coleridge’s activities at the University of Göttingen, which will be published by Routledge this Summer.

Coleridge walk around Stowey in 1797 12-page leaflet

My 12-page leaflet of a walk with Samuel Taylor Coleridge around Nether Stowey in 1797 is now available - get free copies of an A5 printed version in shops in the village and at Coleridge Cottage. Or download an A4-size PDF at the link below. It is intended for visitors and walkers who may wish to learn a little more about Coleridge's short, productive stay in the village.

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12-page Coleridge Stowey walk leaflet

Malcolm Guite talk at Coleridge Cottage 21 April

Malcolm Guite talk
National Trust, Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey, Somerset
Friday 21 Apr 2017, 2pm to 3pm

Writer, theologian and song-writer Malcolm Guite visits the Garden Room to talk about his unique new biography of Coleridge: 'Mariner: a Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge', which is structured around 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'.

Copies of the biography will be for sale in the Garden Room during the event.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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New Music Release: Howard Skempton – 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

Howard Skempton – 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

Perfectly crafted, deceptively simplistic and distinctively individual, Howard Skempton's compositions have a soundworld all of their own. This new full-length album on NMC perfectly displays his experimental, yet sonorous and tonal music. Skempton takes on Coleridge's epic poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and brings it to life, using just solo voice (baritone) and small chamber ensemble. The result is a stunning, dark and hypnotic journey led by the almost constant, magnetic presence of Roderick Williams, for whose voice and dramatic capabilities the piece was conceived.

Only the Sound Remains takes its name from the opening line of The Mill-Water by English poet Edward Thomas. The piece is an evocation of loss and decay, where textures, and melodies mysteriously recur, while others simply fade beautifully out of aural reach. It is written for sixteen players, including solo viola. This is a stunning premiere recording of two recent works by one of Britain's finest living composers.

Release date: 21 April
Details of recording and how to purchase it at

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