Kubla Khan – Imagined Worlds
The Friends of Coleridge, in a project supported by the Arts Council, have been celebrating the bicentenary of the publication in 1816 of the visionary poem ‘Kubla Khan’ with a programme of poetry, art, walks, talks, film and competitions.
I led two Coleridge-related guided walks around Nether Stowey. Visitors and Coleridge enthusiasts (around 25 on each walk) were encouraged to experience the village as the poet knew it in 1797. There were readings on the way from Coleridge’s poems, with historical insights into the sights and sounds of the late 18th century.
I have written and designed a 12-page leaflet of the walk. It is intended for visitors and walkers who may wish to learn a little more about Coleridge’s short, productive stay in the village. An A5 printed version is available free in shops in the village and at Coleridge Cottage. Or you can download an A4-size PDF from the News section on the Friends of Coleridge website (www.friendsofcoleridge.com).