Sara Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s only daughter, spent her adult life negotiating the complexities brought about by what she called her ‘nervousness’. Today, we’d call it depression. She advised herself that it was ‘better not to look this way’, but she also found immense creative richness in the complex nature of her own mental health. In this talk, Dr Jo Taylor (University of Manchester) will introduce some of Sara’s most moving works, and use them to explore how anxiety and depression can be – sometimes simultaneously – a personal curse and a creative blessing.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544

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Please note: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year. Please check their website for opening information before you visit


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