Clare Hall Colloquium - Professor Christopher Simons

Our speaker on Tuesday 19 October is Professor Christopher Simons of the Department of Humanities and the Graduate School of Comparative Culture, International Christian University, Tokyo, who will speak on the topic of 'Metrical Magic: Supernatural Spacetimes in the Early Ballads of William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridge'. 

Clare Hall Meeting Room, Tuesday 19 October from 7.30pm.

To book your place, please complete this form.

From the summer of 1798, William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridge worked together to create a new kind of ‘magical’ poetics out of the ballads and verse drama of the previous centuries. This talk will consider the possibility of examining representations of spacetime as a metric of how these two poets’ ideas about the supernatural diverged during these crucial years in their development. We will read some brief excerpts of Wordsworth’s The Thorn and Peter Bell, and Coleridge’s Christabel

The Colloquia provide members of the College - especially Visiting Fellows and Life Members - with an opportunity to present their research, whether in its early stages or already published, in a friendly setting. They are a great way to discuss your ideas, meet fellow members and to contribute to our vibrant community. 

All slots for Michaelmas Term and most of those for Lent Term are already allocated.

If you wish to be placed on a reserve list or to offer a talk for Easter Term, then please email the convenor, Professor Kevin Edwards, via

Please note:

  • these in-person talks are limited to 20 people; 
  • we strongly encourage you to complete a Lateral Flow Test ahead of attending;
  • windows within the room will be open to aid ventilation, so do consider dressing warmly, and wearing a face covering.