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10.03.2017

The 2017 Wordsworth birthday poetry competition

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll remember we ran a poetry competition for Wordsworth’s birthday last year. It was a great success, and you can read the winning poems here. In fact, it was such a great success we’re doing it again! So how does it work? This year’s theme is […]

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09.03.2017

‘Homes at Grasmere’: The inspiration behind a new play about William Wordsworth

by David Ward If you are going to stage a play about Wordsworth, it has to be in the Lake District. And if you are going to stage it in the Lake District, it has to be at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick which is roughly half way between Cockermouth, where Wordsworth was born, […]

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08.03.2017

Women of Worth

by Corinne Bird When the opportunity arose to create an exhibition in the Jerwood Centre in honour of International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March, I was thrilled. As a Women’s Studies minor, I love learning about, and helping others learn about, women whom history has forgotten. In my Women’s Studies classes, we learn that […]

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03.03.2017

A Month in Grasmere, with Wordsworthian Flowers

by Brandon Chao-Chi Yen   It was on a cold January day that I travelled to Grasmere to start a residential fellowship jointly supported by the Wordsworth Trust and the British Association for Romantic Studies. My room was in one of the terrace houses at Town End. From my window, I enjoyed watching Dove Cottage: […]

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22.02.2017

'Flashes upon the inward eye’ : Wordsworth, Coleridge and ‘Flashing Flowers’

by Fred Blick Few readers will be aware of the ‘Elizabeth Linnaeus phenomenon’ today; yet over a span of almost two hundred years botanists, gardeners and scientists speculated about it. Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of the famous botanist, Carl Linné, known as Linnaeus. One evening in the early 1760s, she was enjoying her father’s […]

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21.02.2017

Behind Closed Doors: a month of maintenance and conservation at Dove Cottage

For one month a year, in January, Dove Cottage is closed to the public. A small team of staff have just four weeks to carry out essential conservation and maintenance work on the fabric of this historic building and the precious objects it holds.  This year I worked with Mark Ward (Guide & Estates Worker) […]

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07.02.2017

'The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be'’: Ada Lovelace and her mother Annabella Byron

by Eleanor Fitzsimons ‘Never was a bridegroom less in haste’. This worrisome observation was noted down by politician and diarist John Cob Hobhouse as he accompanied his dear friend George Gordon Byron on a convoluted journey to Seaham Hall in County Durham. Once there, Hobhouse, who had known Byron since both were students at Trinity […]

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23.01.2017

Wordsworth in Leeds

by Anna Fleming After my blog post reporting my year in Grasmere I return to share my year in Leeds. I am a collaborative doctoral award student which means I am partnered with two institutions: the University of Leeds and the Wordsworth Trust. Unlike 2015, when I was based in Grasmere and I used the […]

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