The 2019 Wordsworth Winter School

18 - 23 February 2019 at Rydal Hall

Directors Stephen Gill and Richard Gravil

"Wordsworth's Poetical Heirs (Continued)"


The Wordsworth Winter School devotes four full days (five nights) to immersion in the poetry of Wordsworth and his contemporaries. There are 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 excursions, Most events are at Rydal Hall. We do not accept residential bookings for less than the full period. 

The 2013 Winter School looked at the significance of Wordsworth to other Romantics, some Victorians, and early Modernists. Continuing this theme, speakers at the 2019 event are likely to consider such 20th Century poets as Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Philip Larkin, and Seamus Heaney. 

Details will be published here in September 2018 and bookings will open in October

For an impression of the event please see the 2018 details below, or browse recent programmes in the Archive. We expect prices to be virtually unchanged in 2019.


The 2018 Winter School 

Theme: "Wordsworth's Radicalism Revisited"

Lectures were: 

David Chandler (Doshisha) on The Wordsworth wars of the 1980s

Jessica Fay (Bristol) on Movement & Stillness in 'The Excursion' and 'The White Doe of Rylstone'

Tim Fulford (de Montfort) on Wordsworth & Ebenezer Elliott: Radicalism Renewed

Stephen Gill (Oxford) on Reconsidering Wordsworth's Radicalism: Setting the Scene

Heather Glen (Cambridge) on Radical Poetry: The first drafts of 'The Ruined Cottage'

Joanna Taylor (Lancaster) on Radical Geographies:  The Wordsworths' Walks

Judith Thompson (Dalhousie) on (Re)Visiting the Recluse: John Thelwall in/and Wordsworth's 'Excursion'

John Williams (Greenwich) on "I have a great deal of the Chartist in me": Telling Tales about the radical Wordsworth


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 (or sole use double/twin)450
 Single (or sole use double/twin) with Front View 525
 Double/Twin (per person) 400
 Double/Twin with Front View (per person) 475
Stable cottage (sleeps 4)*800
*For full week 17-24 February. Total price for 1 or 2 adults. £400pp for extra adults. Children free apart from meal charges (POA).

Non-Resident Attendance:
All non-residential attendance must be pre-booked.
£360 with four lunches, five dinners & refreshments (
£260 without dinners)
Daily Attendance: £65 with lunch & refreshments, or £85 with lunch, dinner & refreshments.

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 24 February 2018 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)

Professor Nicholas Roe (St. Andrews) ~ Wordsworth & Coleridge: The Radical Years Revisited