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Adam Nicolson, Horatio Clare & Tom Hammick in conversation – Genius in the Making

29/06/2019 @ 10:30 11:30

Adam Nicolson, winner of the prestigious 2018 Wainwright Prize for his book The Seabird’s Cry, is joined by author Horatio Clare and artist Tom Hammick in a celebration of poetry, music and the creative process.

Adam Nicolson’s new book The Making of Poetry explores the lives of the young William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge while they lived together in the Quantock Hills. Both wanted escape from revolutionary politics, cities and propriety. The result was an outpouring of creativity which resulted in some of the most revered poetry in the English canon. The Making of Poetry includes beautiful woodcuts made by Tom Hammick from the fallen timber in the park at Alfoxden where the Wordsworths lived.

Something of His Art is Horatio Clare’s recreation of the journey that J. S. Bach took in the depths of winter in 1705 – his long walk to Lübeck across northern Germany, and visualising the light, landscape and wildlife the young, and as yet unknown composer would have encountered. This journey and its destination were a pivotal point in the life of one of the greatest composers the world has yet seen.

Sponsored by Highfield & Brookham Schools

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