Registration for the 2017 Winter School is now closed

20 - 25 February 2017 at Rydal Hall


Director: Dr Gordon Bottomley

Administrator: Carrie Taylor


Theme: "Wordsworth and Friendship"

The Wordsworth Winter School devotes four full days of lectures, discussions and readings to immersion in the poetry of Wordsworth and his contemporaries. There are normally two lectures, a seminar and a poetry reading on each of the main days. Afternoons are devoted to a special event, a walk or an excursion. All events are at Rydal Hall. We do not accept residential bookings for less than the full period.

In 2016, the Winter School theme centred around Wordsworth's poetry and prose in the years following the end of the Napoleonic Wars (for details see WWS Archive). In 2017, we will look at Wordsworth's friendships. 

Confirmed lecturers are: 

Stephen Gill (Oxford) on The Poetry of Friendship: Coleridge in 'The Prelude'

Judith W. Page (Florida) on Wordsworth, Writing, and the Friendship of Women

Felicity James (Leicester) on Wordsworth, Coleridge & Lamb c.1816

David Chandler (Doshisha) on Friendship in 'The Excursion'

Christopher Simons (ICU, Tokyo) on Wordsworth & William Rowan Hamilton 

Joanna Taylor (Lancaster) on Wordsworth & Hartley Coleridge

Arthur Kincaid (Independent Scholar) on Wordsworth, the Clarksons & other 'Friends'

Cecilia Powell (Art Historian) on Wordsworth's artistic friendships



Residential Rates (accommodation and meals)

To this should be added the registration fee of £180/£162*

*Fee reduced to £162 for Members and Friends of the Conference Foundation

 Room StylePrice
 Single with Front View 460
 Twin/Double (per person) 360
 Twin/Double with Front View (per person) 410

Non-Resident Attendance:
All non-residential attendance must be pre-booked.
£325 with four lunches and five dinners (
£225 with four lunches only)
Daily Attendance: £65 with lunch, or £85 with lunch and dinner.

Some residential places are reserved for bona fide unwaged students for £360 inclusive of the fee
(see also our Bursaries page).

Times for our transfer buses from and to Oxenholme railway station will be confirmed in later December

Saturday 25 February 2017 at 11am

The Jonathan Wordsworth Memorial Lecture at the Jerwood Centre is not part of the Winter School
and seats should be booked via the Wordsworth Trust (free to attendees of the Winter School when booked in advance)

Richard Gravil ~ Unknown Wordsworthshire