Award-winning author Adam Nicolson’s The Making of Poetry explores the lives of the young William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge while they lived together for just over a year in the Quantock Hills. Both wanted escape from revolutionary politics, cities and propriety. The result was an outpouring of creativity which resulted in some of the most revered poetry in the English canon. He is joined on the platform by Thomas Hammick whose woodcuts, created from fallen timber found in the Quantocks, illustrate Nicholson’s book.
Does Adam Nicolson, like Wordsworth, believe that poetry is “the first and last of knowledge”? Can poetry change the world?
Chaired by Nicolette Jones.