Coleridge: Life and work

A Talk with Readings by Graham Fawcett

Friday 9 September 2022 7.30pm, doors 7pm

“Do go; these are very special occasions.” Bridport Review

“A complete delight of an evening.”

“A fascinating lecture. People were enthralled and totally engaged.”

Phone 01308 459511 to book now! 

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

Coleridge was a magician of the word, an irresistible poet of nature and imagination, a wildly inventive writer of letters, notebooks, essays, critical reviews and a unique poetical autobiography, a political, social and literary journalist, and a marathon talker and walker.

His friendship with Wordsworth revolutionised English poetry. He divided his time between the West Country, the Lakes, London and Germany, and drank deeply of the life and landscapes of all of them, while writing, thanks to them, some of the most famous and lovely poems in English. 

To meet the Ancient Mariner, old man and poem, at school is never to forget either. He is the Flying Dutchman, the storyteller in the railway carriage, the reminiscer whom we may at first mistrust but who rapidly metamorphoses into a gripping benediction before our reading eyes. We can be rooted to the spot by him at any age. With any luck.

“Absolutely terrific”. – AS, Lewes, after Coleridge Night in Lewes

“Thank you. That was a revelation. I sat spellbound for the 90 minutes. I felt that you had taken on Coleridge’s eloquence and insight and transmitted it direct to us. I have been for whatever reason out of love with poetry for a while, and you rekindled for me the sense of its vital importance and its magic. I may even start writing again. I am immensely grateful. And the charismatic, tragic figure of Coleridge himself is vividly in my mind again. I remembered Lamb’s desperately sad letter about his death. I think we will be back for more in due course.” – Ruth Valentine, London (2021)

“Thank you for the Coleridge lecture, which I saw yesterday.  Also completely engrossing.  I was unaware of his personal history of loss and abandonment which is so relevant to his writing and you present it all, together with the readings, beautifully.  At times your own lecture (or the way you read it) almost seems to take on the rhythms of the poet you are talking about!  I’ll take a break for the time being but will be back for more eventually! Quote me as many times as you like and I will continue to recommend your ‘food for the soul’!” – Caroline Maldonado, London (2021)

“I was struck by your evocation of fathers reflecting on their children early in your Coleridge . . . I think I’ve been mainly a prose parent, but identifying with you, and fondly reflecting on my now adult children, I’m combining a little poetic sensibility! Your lectures seamlessly blend exposition with the poems. I’m off now to Kubla and the Mariner”. – Charles Porter, San Luis Obispo

GRAHAM FAWCETT has lectured or led workshops at literary festivals throughout Britain on reading and writing poetry. A highly entertaining lecturer, writer and educator, he was a tutor for The Poetry School from 1997 when it began until 2015. He wrote and presented radio programmes about literature and music on BBC Radio 3 for many years.

Graham Fawcett’s talks explore leading poets, their lives, the political and cultural environment in which they wrote and, most of all, their work. At Sladers Yard we are lucky to have him present a poet every other month. Come join his loyal band of poetry enthusiasts. The programme is two 45 minute halves with an interval. This November Graham will be talking about Ezra Pound here for the Bridport Literary Festival.

Phone 01308 459511 to book your tickets now.

“Graham Fawcett is very good indeed. He has a marvellous knack of opening up a poet’s life and instantly taking you on a colourful voyage through their life and work. Very illuminating.”

James Crowden

“Presented with immaculate complexity by a master of ceremonies par-excellence.”

Elaine Beckett

“Thank you again. Thank you for keeping us all sane.”

Richard Gaskell, London 2021

2 Responses to Coleridge: Life and work

  1. Rosie Mathisen says:

    Is the Anna Akhmatova evening still on? Assume not as we re not able to meet inside yet so do you have an alternative date?

    Thanks

    Rosie Mathisen

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