‘Vital Stream’: Love and Creativity in the Wordsworth Circle, 1802

‘Vital Stream’: Love and Creativity in the Wordsworth Circle, 1802
20 November 2019, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

1802 was an extraordinary year in the Wordsworth circle. William and Dorothy were writing some of their most beautiful poetry and prose, while Coleridge's marriage was in a state of near collapse. Drawing on detailed knowledge of letters, poems, notebooks and journals, Professor Lucy Newlyn’s new book Vital Stream explores their thoughts and feelings about love, family bonds, friendship and creativity at this time. In this lecture, she will read from her collection and describe how she has re-told a famous love story for a modern audience, in sonnet-form.

 Lucy Newlyn was born in Uganda and grew up in Leeds. She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she also studied for her D.Phil, going on to become Lecturer then Tutorial Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. She taught English at St Edmund Hall for thirty-two years, published widely on English Romantic poetry, became a Professor in 2005 and retired in 2016. In addition to four books with Oxford University Press has published two collections of poetry: Ginnel (Carcanet 2005) and Earth's Almanac (Enitharmon, 2015). Her memoir Diary of a Bipolar Explorer was published in 2018 with Signal. She now lives and writes in Cornwall.

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