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The Art of Commonplacing

Dove Cottage & Garden

12 December 2017
11.00am - 12.00pm

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We are very privileged to be able to use the houseplace of Dove Cottage as the Wordsworth family did – as a place to share a cup of tea and slices of toast together, accompanied by lively conversation and an opportunity to learn something new. There are twelve Dove Cottage Tuesdays talks this winter, six in December and six in February, and each discussion will be led by Wordsworth Trust staff on a topic of their choice. This morning, Outreach Trainee Sophie Verbeke will talk about the Wordsworth family's commonplace books.

Commonplace books, which we might call scrapbooks today, are a place to record interesting and inspiring information, memories and materials.  The Wordsworths’ commonplace books are scattered with lines from beloved poems and novels, travel narratives, sermons, newspaper cuttings, letters from friends and even recipes. Sophie will show how these documents give us an insight into two extraordinary individuals and their interests, and reveal a lot about the writing that nurtured William and Dorothy as readers and authors. 

Cost: £7 (including tea and toast)

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