The Romantic poetry project has come full circle!

I’m pleased to announce that I have been awarded a tender by the QLPS (the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme) to create a curated poetry trail (2022-23). Using your own personal smartphone you will be able to walk WITHIN a 21st century re-imagining of ‘the poetry of the sublime in the language of the common man’!

My starting point is the closing years of the 18th century, when the young William and Dorothy Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge sought haven in the rolling Quantock Hills of Somerset. Disillusioned with revolutionary idealism and the flowery poetry others were writing at the time, ‘The Golden Three’ invented ‘Romantic poetry’ – ‘the poetry of the sublime in the language of the common man’.

220 years later their Romantic poetry project has come full circle: from later this year I will be wandering the Quantocks with groups of poets, composing ‘en plein air’ in the same manner as they did. This time, however, the curated collection will – and I am sure they would have approved – be physically inserted into the very backbone of the Quantock Hills: the collection will be recorded, and – using ‘located audio’ or ‘digital placemaking’ technologies – mapped over compelling sites in the Quantocks. The whole is made into an app which you can download to your personal smartphone. When you go to the Quantocks you will be able to literally follow an audio poetry trail with your ears: the poetry is gps-triggered on your own personal smartphone – in the locations which inspired it. You walk WITHIN the poetry.

And more: you will be accompanied on your poetic odyssey by the Romantic poets themselves! The poetry trail is tied together with the re-imagined conversations of the Romantic poets, created from authentic historical content. You will hear not only 21st century curated poetry-of-place, but also be able to listen in to the Wordsworths and Coleridge as they talked, bickered, argued, composed, got drunk together .. and invented ‘the poetry of the sublime’.

More details to follow as to what’s happening and how to get involved…

A Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme project; supported by the Heritage Lottery