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Poetry events

Museums at Night: 'Alone on a wide, wide sea'

Dove Cottage & Garden

18 May 2018
7.00 - 8.00pm

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This event is now SOLD OUT. Please call 015394 35544 if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

While living at Dove Cottage in 1800, the Wordsworths and Coleridge were preparing the second edition of Lyrical Ballads for publication, often reading it aloud as they worked on it together.  As part of the Museums at Night festival, we are delighted to bring this history to life with a special performance of one of the most popular poems in Lyrical Ballads: ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. 

David Hunt, an experienced poetry performance artist and friend of the Wordsworth Trust, will introduce and recite the entertaining and magical story for us in Dove Cottage.  Afterwards there will be time to enjoy a glass of wine and reflect on the poem together.

Museums at Night is a national festival which invites all UK museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites to throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways. You can find out more at

Dove Cottage, £5

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