COLERIDGE POETRY WALK – Sunday 13 MAY 2018
Meet at the Land of Canaan Car Park at 2.30 pm
I pass, like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech...
The statue of Samuel Taylor Coleridge commissioned by the Coleridge Memorial Trust for the poet's 250th-year celebration will show him as a walker. He thought nothing of a 20-mile walk and was probably the first writer to describe fell-walking. And he liked to compose while walking.
Modern walkers and Coleridge fans will be able on Sunday 13 May to wander on in gladness on a 2-mile walk in the poet's footsteps. All are welcome – we meet at the Land of Canaan car park (free) at 2.30 pm (walking boots - brollies if wet), then walk to key sites associated with his poetry and its development. At each stop there will be a brief introduction and a reading from one of Coleridge's poems, including those set in Ottery.
Local writer and academic, Robert Crick, will be Coleridge for the afternoon – he was described by Lord Coleridge at an evening performance in St Mary's Church a few years ago as “the best Coleridge I have heard”. And walkers will be accompanied by some of Ottery's very own pixies from Ottery Primary School who will also perform lines from “Songs of the Pixies” at Pixies' Parlour.
The walk and readings will end at the site proposed for the Memorial Statue in St Mary's Churchyard, which was the poet's magic playground as a child.
The event is free and all are welcome but donations towards the commemorative sculpture will be gratefully received. Please see the Coleridge Memorial Trust's website – www.coleridgememorial.org.uk - for more information and for other payment options for donations.
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