Jerwood Centre
9.00am - 10.30pm

When human impact on the environment is leading us toward the point of no return, are we ready to accept nature as our teacher? This full day of events holds the natural world at its heart: how we inhabit it, how we are inspired by it, how we have failed it – and how we can sustain it.

Walk with Wordsworth’s birds in the morning, and with William and Dorothy at night; learn about environmental projects in Cumbria and beyond; discover how nature has inspired and continues to inspire us to incredible creative works; and explore the ways that we can act in time to care for the world that we live in, and are a part of.

Morning: SOLD OUT

9.00 – 11.30am: ‘They twitter & make a bustle & a little chearful song’
A birdsong walk with Professor Mike Collier (University of Sunderland), Dr Bennett Hogg (Newcastle University) and Geoff Sample (Zoomusicologist and author)
[Note: Short parts of this walk involve traversing steep and uneven ground, and appropriate footwear is required.]
The maximum capacity for the walk is 16 people and only those who have booked a ticket in advance will be able to attend this part of the event.

11.30am – 12.15pm: Coffee with the albatross and Carlisle’s young curators

12.15 – 1.00pm: Away with the larches!
Harvey Wilkinson (Regional Curator at the National Trust)


2.00 – 2.45pm: What is natural beauty?
Ian Brodie (Former lead officer for Friends of the Lake District)

2.45 – 3.30pm: Not what you might think?
David Wood (Curator at Concord Museum, Massachusetts)

3.30 – 4.00pm: Tea and coffee

4.00 – 5.00pm: Sense of Here
Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser (somewhere-nowhere)


7.30 – 9.00pm: Reflections on Being Ecological
Professor Timothy Morton (Rice University, Texas)

9.00 – 10.30pm: ‘The moonlight still and warm as a summer’s night at nine o’clock.’
A guided walk around Grasmere in the footsteps of William and Dorothy Wordsworth 
(Principia College, Illinois)

Tickets for the full day are £25 or £15 for students and unwaged.

Tickets for individual sessions are as follows: Morning, £15 or £9 for students and unwaged. Afternoon, £15 or £9 for students and unwaged. Evening, £7.50 or £4.50 for students and unwaged.

Some parking is available at Dove Cottage, but should the car park be full we would recommend parking in Stock Lane Car Park, five minutes’ walk away. Other car parks are available in Grasmere village.

Tickets for this event are available online through Quay Tickets. Online booking closes at midnight the day before the event. If you would like to book a ticket on the day of the event, please contact the Wordsworth Trust directly.

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