Through our work, we have seen young children discover their creativity, people living with dementia remember poems that they love, those recovering from substance misuse create a writing group.

Poetry offers the chance for people young and old to express themselves and embrace the world around them.

Every day, we see how poetry can enhance people’s lives. Poetry can also simply provide us with a sense of happiness and enjoyment, and the chance to embrace our creative side. Through our work we aim to bring people closer to poetry, both at Dove Cottage and across Cumbria.

we have all of us one human heart.
William Wordsworth, The Old Cumberland Beggar -

Arrange a visit

If you would like to arrange a visit or would like us to visit you, just get in touch and we would be happy to discuss your ideas.

Immersive Courses

We are uniquely placed to offer an all-round experience of place, literature and artefacts.

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Contemporary Poetry

At Dove Cottage, we celebrate poetry as a living tradition.

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