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Salutation & Cat Reading Group

“That Sonnet, Coleridge, brings afresh to my mind the time … in that nice little smoky room at the Salutation & Cat, which is even now continually presenting itself to my recollection, with all its associated train of pipes, tobacco, Egghot, welch Rabbits, metaphysics & Poetry”

- Charles Lamb to Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1 December 1796)

A reading group for all those interested in poetry, metaphysics, egghot, rabbits, and anything else that might come up in conversation.

Convenors/Salutationists: Professor Matt Bevis and Dr Erica McAlpine.

We meet on Thursdays from 5-6:30pm in weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 of every term.

We talk about a handful of poems to see what happens.

Poems (on a particular object, topic, or idea) will be announced in advance. If you would like copies of the poems, please email Matt ( or Erica (

Anybody is welcome to attend (staff or student, from any subject)