Registration for the 2018 Winter School is now open
19 - 24 February 2018 at Rydal Hall
Honorary Academic Director: Stephen Gill
Executive Director: Gordon Bottomley
Administrator: Carrie Taylor
Theme: "Wordsworth's Radicalism Revisited"
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. Most events are at Rydal Hall. We do not accept residential bookings for less than the full period.
In 2017, the Winter School lectures centred around Wordsworth's friendships (for details see WWS Archive). In 2018, we will revisit Wordsworth's radicalism.
Confirmed lecturers (and provisional titles) are:
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 Style||Price|
| 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).
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) www.wordsworth.org.uk
Professor Nicholas Roe (St. Andrews) ~ Wordsworth & Coleridge: The Radical Years Revisited