Published date: 22 June 2015

Adam Nicolson discusses his research into his forthcoming book about Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s year in Somerset.  He used documents in The National Archives which relate to the Home Office’s surveillance of the poets in August 1797. Some suspected they might be agents for a French invasion.

This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of historical records and their uses for writers. Writer of the month is sponsored by HistoryToday.

Adam Nicolson has worked as a journalist and columnist on the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph and writes regularly for National Geographic Magazine and Granta, where he is a contributing editor.

The image is Somerset’s Best Known Landmark, by Mark Robinson, Creative Commons licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0), available under Public Licence from Flickr.

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