CFP: 12th Coleridge Summer Conference, 21-28 July 2010


Please go to our website for full details:

‘The Genius of Coleridge’

— with a  genial emphasis, of course…

21-28 July 2010

Plenary Lecturers:   Paul Cheshire, David Fairer, Marilyn Gaull, Noel Jackson, Kiyoshi Nishiyama,  and Alan Vardy.

The 12th Coleridge Summer Conference will be held at the beautiful Clifford Hall at Cannington continuing our long established residence in Coleridge’s Somerset at the foot of the Quantock Hills. STC 2010 will present a full and stimulating programme of lectures, papers, walks, excursions, and convivial social gatherings.  The Conference tradition of avoiding ‘parallel sessions’ of papers continues in 2010.  The College’s extensive garden grounds will be available for all participants, and there are a variety of walks in the village and across the levels towards the River Parrett. Join us  for Coleridgean conversation and drinks under the stars on long balmy summer evenings.

The Conference Excursion in 2010 will be to Coleridge’s Clevedon by way of the National Trust property of Tyntesfield House. Alternatively, join guide Peter Larkin on a walk up to Cadbury Camp and along wooded ridges into the heart of Clevedon through byways Coleridge would have known to finish at the Victorian Pier.  It is hoped to call first at Brockley Coombe where there will be a reading of the poem.

Alex Alec-Smith will be present with her Romantics bookstall for academics, collectors, students and general readers.

Conference Format

STC 2010 will start on Wednesday 21 July with a 6:30 pm reception; the conference will close after breakfast on Wednesday 28 July.  For those coming to the conference for the first time, our outline programme on our web site ( sets out the format.


For STC 2010 we have kept the increase in fees to a minimum, just £50 more than STC 2008. The cost of attending the conference, including accommodation with ensuite bathroom and meals, will be £600 per person (£1100 for shared double accommodation), or £425 non-residential.

Call for Papers

Our Conference theme for 2010 is ‘The Genius of Coleridge’ and we  invite papers on all aspects of  Coleridge’s achievements.  We also welcome proposals for papers on poems by others in the Coleridge Circle.  As in previous Coleridge Conferences, the theme is non-exclusive, a suggested guideline only, and we will be pleased to see proposals for papers on all aspects of Coleridge and British Romanticism.

Proposals should be in the form of an abstract, not less than 200 and not more than 250 words in length, sent in the first instance as an e-mail attached document to the Academic Director, Nicholas Roe at, not later than 15 March 2010.  Confirmations will be sent by e-mail prior to 1 April 2010. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL AND POSTAL ADDRESSES ON THE ABSTRACT ITSELF.  Those wanting confirmation before that date for funding purposes will be given a conditional response upon request.  A committee of the Conference organisers will consider all proposals.


We are committed to enabling graduate students, who would not otherwise be able to finance the cost of the conference, to come to this essential Coleridgean event, and are delighted to announce that Bursaries will be available for 2010. Two of our bursary awards for 2010 are generously funded by the Charles Lamb Society.  At STC 2008, Scholarships and Bursaries were awarded to ten graduate students, thanks to the generosity of the Charles Lamb Society and our other donors, especially the authors of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life (OUP, 2001) who started the conference bursary fund by donating their royalties. For up to date information and news about STC 2010, including bursaries and online registration forms, please visit and return to the Friends of Coleridge Website at

and click on the ‘Conference’ button. We look forward to welcoming you to Cannington next summer.

Nicholas Roe, Academic Director

Graham Davidson, Conference Secretary

Paul Cheshire, Hon. Treasurer, The Friends of Coleridge


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