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Illustrators from Cardiff School of Art and Design went looking for seaweed on the beach at Penarth today in preparation for next Saturday’s Dressing of the Ship of the Ancient Mariner in Penarth Marina (14th May, Pier 64, 10am till dusk; public access 14:00-15:30). Replica mediaeval ship The Matthew of Bristol will be dressed by CSAD students as a ghost ship and will sail into Mermaid Quay on Sunday 15th, met by a crew of undead sailors, a party of wedding guests and musicians. We’re drawing attention to and from David Jones‘ engravings of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner which go on display in the National Museum of Wales this week.

The Return of the Ancient Mariner to Cardiff launches the Coleridge in Wales Festival 80-day tour revisiting Coleridge’s walking tour of Wales in 1794. Festival director Richard Parry‘s car-free journey begins on the steps of the Senedd, celebrating the Welsh Government’s  Future Generations legislation, and ends at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny in August: coleridgefestival.org/#events

We also met with artist Ivor Davies  to devise a costume for the Young Mariner at Sunday’s event. CSAD student Lloyd Houston will represent the Mariner, sailing from Bristol on the Matthew with student filmmaker Matt Clench, who was named after the ship.

The ship will sail on to Barry and Swansea. The Cardiff event is generously supported by Cardiff Metropolitan University, Barry Town Council and hosted by the Norwegian Church and the Wales Millennium Centre.
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Jacob Courtney, Emma Harry, Lloyd Houston
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Lloyd Houston, Emma Harry, Ivor Davies
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Ivor Davies and Lloyd Houston