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.
‘A Creature Doomed to Despair’: Anxiety, Depression and Feeling with Sara Coleridge
On 2 November 2019