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Make the most of your visit while attending this event and take a tour of Dove Cottage and gardens.

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Dorothy's Colour: Creative Workshop

The Wordsworth Museum

16 September 2017
2.00 - 4.00pm

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Between 1800 and 1803 Dorothy Wordsworth wrote her now famous Grasmere Journals at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, as alongside her William Wordsworth composed his greatest poems. Dorothy’s Colour brings together an original series of drawings and paintings by Zoe Benbow, and a new poem sequence by Sarah Corbett in a three-way conversation with Dorothy’s intimately observed and highly coloured inner and outer landscapes. Dorothy’s Colour considers what it is to be a woman walking, writing and creating in the landscape, and steps into a mirror world of lakes and moonlight, sun shimmers and yellow gleams, and the dissolving of colour and form into the greenest green of a Lakeland spring

Today Zoe and Sarah will take us on a journey into Dorothy's world and give us the opportunity to create our responses to it. Open to beginners as well as more experienced writers/artists, this workshop will explore ways in which walking and the landscape can inspire creativity through writing and drawing. We will look at the links between writing, drawing and the creative process, and the importance of looking, observing and stillness as ways in to creating work. Through focused exercises you will learn techniques for writing and drawing, with the aim of bringing both together in a finished piece of inter-textual work.

Cost: £5


Sarah Corbett has four collections of poetry, most recently, And She Was (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press, 2015), and her fifth collection, A Perfect Mirror, is forthcoming in 2018; the title poem is a response to Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal. Sarah teaches Creative Writing for Lancaster University.

Zoe Benbow graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1989 and has centred her career in studio practice. Based in London and often in France she has undertaken six international residencies, other UK programs and twenty solo shows alongside many group exhibitions. Work is represented in corporate and public collections including Queen Mary University of London, The British Council and Manchester City Art Gallery.

Sarah and Zoe’s collaboration ‘Dorothy’s Colour’ is on show in The Wordsworth Trust Museum from August 7th – September 16th 2017.

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