University of Southampton's English Department present Ancient Mariner Podcasts

Alongside the current nationwide project, Ancient Mariner Big Read, our friends in the English Department at University of Southampton have assembled four incredible podcasts, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The Mariner’s Podcasts

Episode One — with Will May
Home alone: How do we keep afloat? Listen here

Episode Two — with Matt Kerr
Rimes and Readings: What Should I Read Next? Listen here

Episode Three — with Marianne O’Doherty
In a ship al steereless: Medieval Stories of the Sea. Listen here

Episode Four — with Will May
Flights of Fancy: Can Birds Help Us Write Poems? Listen here

Episode Five — with Matt Kerr
The Painted Ocean: Picturing the Sea. Listen here, plus view a selection of images at the top of the page mentioned in the podcast.

About the Ancient Mariner Big Read
John Hansard Gallery is pleased to be a partner for the Ancient Mariner Big Read, curated by author Philip Hoare (Professorial Fellow in English, University of Southampton), artist Angela Cockayne and Sarah Chapman (Director of The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth).

Over forty days, stars of UK stage, screen, music and the arts are helping to transform one of English Literature’s most celebrated poems for the digital age.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is an epic tale of adventure, fear and fascination; a work of 18th Century science fiction that has prophetic messages for the natural world, climate breakdown and mental health globally relevant in the 21st Century.

Image: Gustave Doré, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1798. Courtesy The British Library .

William Hodges, ‘The Ice Islands, Seen the 9th of Janry 1773’, illustration from James Cook, A Voyage towards the South Pole (1777), vol. 2. British Museum, museum number 1855,0414.285. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.
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