Coleridge Cottage: Activity, ‘Welcome to my Pleasure Dome’

As part of the Writing Places Project, we are pleased to a number of workshops and activities at Coleridge Cottage organised by our Writer-in-Residence Rose Collis.

Writing Places is a partnership project between Literature Works, the Literature Development Charity for the South West, The National Trust and The Poetry Archive.

The project aims to help more people discover the literary heritage of the South West and to engage them with writing by placing a Writer In Residence at Coleridge Cottage and by running a programme of Community Engagement Events.

Free activity in the Reading Room

October 10th 2015

11am – midday


‘Welcome to my Pleasure Dome’: What would a ‘pleasure dome’ mean to people today? For some, it might be a dining room filled with their favourite food and drink. For others, a library full of rare books. For others, a fragrant garden with ponds and tropical birds. For others, a fun fair or amusement arcade. For others, their own artist’s studio. Where would it be? What would it look like? What would be in it? Why? Who would be there? Sounds? Aromas? Textures?

 STC had a vision of a ‘pleasure dome’ which he wrote in the birthplace of Romanticism:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 Join Rose Collis in the Reading Room to write a brief description of what your ‘Pleasure Dome’ would be like. These ‘pleasure dome’ proses, poems and stories will be posted in the Reading Room and may even be shared on our website.

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