John Coulton

A teacher like Michael Tanner would never survive in today’s university climate

What a shame that it would be impossible for a student to experience the kind of inspirational teaching that I received when I was studying with Tanner in the 1970s

John Coulton and Michael Tanner in Tanner's rooms at Corpus Christi, prior to the Queenborough Feast, February 1977, D.H. Lawrence and Mahler looking on

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