Free online course on major West of England poets and novelists, including Coleridge

Writing the West: Literature & Place is a free online course on some major poets and novelists associated with Bristol, Bath, and the West of England.

Learners will find out how Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, Robert Lovell, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Thomas Hardy found inspiration in the West Country, and how they contribute to the culture and economy of the region today. It includes a film about Coleridge's poem 'This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison', made with the kind assistance of staff at Coleridge Cottage.

The course is an opportunity to explore these writers' lives, gain insight into their writings, and see the places that influenced them.

Open to all. Starts 18 June, 4 weeks' duration, 3-4 hours study per week.

Find out more and enrol at

Robin Jarvis, Professor of English Literature, UWE Bristol

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