The Making of Poetry - Wordsworth and Coleridge in 1797

Talk | Sunday 22 September | 3.45pm | 1 hour

In his new book The Making of Poetry, Adam Nicolson tells the story of the year that Coleridge, Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and an ever-shifting cast of friends, dependants and acolytes spent together in the Quantock Hills in Somerset. To research The Making of Poetry, Adam spent a year living in the Quantocks in Somerset, where Coleridge and Wordsworth had stayed towards the end of the 1790s, and was accompanied, for much of the time, by the artist Tom Hammick.

Together, Adam and Tom discuss the nature and foundations of the Romantic revolution.

More about the speakers

Adam Nicolson

Renowned author Adam Nicolson has written about great literature, history, the environment and the sea, including The Mighty Dead, When God Spoke English, Sea Room and Sissinghurst and is the winner of the Wainwright, Ondaatje, William Heinemann and Somerset Maugham prizes. Nicolson has worked as a journalist, columnist and broadcaster and is contributing editor of Granta. In partnership with the National Trust, Nicolson led a project which transformed the 260 acres at Sissinghurst into a productive mixed farm and later together with the RSPB and his son Tom worked on a project to eradicate invasive predators from the Shiant Isles, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. He lives in Sussex and Crete and is a keen sailor.

Tom Hammick

Painter and printmaker Tom Hammick draws inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints to Northern European Romantic painting and contemporary cinema. Winner of the V&A Prize at the 2016 International Print Biennale, his print Violetta and Alfredo’s Escape, 2016, was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tom has work in significant public and corporate collections including the British Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and The Library of Congress, Washington DC. Tom is also a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at The University of Brighton. He is represented by Flowers Gallery in London.

Image credits: Adam Nicolson credit Penny Tweedie; Tom Hammick credit Antonio Parente; The Making of Poetry book jacket; 

Banner image: Withycombe Dream, 2019 Woodcut © Tom Hammick, courtesy Flowers Gallery London and New York, all rights reserved Bridgeman Images