Samuel Taylor Coleridge

25th March 2013 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Poet in the City was delighted to present an event exploring the life and work of the poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Coleridge was a multi-talented genius whose impact on poetry and culture was enormous. Together with his friend, the poet William Wordsworth, he revolutionized British poetry and launched the Romantic Movement in the arts and letters.

As the author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan he remains one of the most important and popular poets in the English language, inspiring generations of artists and writers. He was also an influential critic and philosopher who helped to define the modern age.

Dr. Shahidha Bari is Lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a co-founder of the intellectual salon, How to Live. She is a member of the editorial board of New Formations: a journal of culture/ theory/politics, and is one of ten AHRC BBC Radio 3 ‘New Generation Thinkers’ selected in 2011.

Louise Foxcroft is a Medical Historian. She is the author of The Making of Addiction: The “use and abuse” of opium in nineteenth-century Britain (Ashgate 2007). Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A history of the modern menopause (Granta, 2009), which won the Longman/ History Today Book of the year Award 2009. Calories and Corsets: A history of dieting over 2,000 years (Profile 2012).

Fabian Peake is a distinguished artist and writer, whose paintings have been shown at solo exhibitions all over the world. Son of Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast novels, he is well placed to speak about his father’s celebrated illustrations of Coleridge’s poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

James Vigus is Lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary, University of London. He researches the literature and philosophy of the period of European Romanticism. He is editor of Coleridge’s Afterlives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and author of the monograph Platonic Coleridge. He is reviews editor of the Coleridge Bulletin
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