Wordsworth Summer Conference 2024
5th-15th August





Last Year’s Programme

The full programme from last year can be viewed below.



   Key Features


- The conference is in two parts, of five nights each, with a changeover day

- Fell-walks,  Excursions, Local Walks

- Keynote lectures and conference papers

- Either 4 or 9 full days in Rydal 

Registration: Opening in Spring
Proposal Deadline: TBA


The 2024 Wordsworth Summer Conference at elegant Rydal Hall will  continue the format pioneered by Richard, mingling lectures, papers and lively academic debate with energetic fell walking, picturesque rambles, and excursions to places of Wordsworthian and Romantic interest. There will be an opportunity to explore the treasures of the Wordsworth Trust’s collections with the curator Jeff Cowton, and an evening visit to Wordsworth's Rydal Mount and garden with a glass of wine. In 2024 our excursions are likely to include an all-day visit to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar - two sublime landscapes repeatedly visited by William and Dorothy Wordsworth.  High points for energetic fell walkers will include ascents of celebrated peaks in the Lake District - further details to follow soon. 

Speakers To Be Announced



Format and Costs


The conference is in two parts of 4 full days each, with a changeover day on Saturday 10th August. Because the conference has a unique culture of conversation and participation, those wishing to present a paper must register for at least one full part, and many register for the whole event. Charges will be finalised in Spring.




We will invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries and the Romantic period. Proposals should be no more than 200-words for papers of no more than 2750 words. Please include a brief autobiographical paragraph. Proposals should be unformatted and should occupy no more than 1 side of A4.  Please do include your name, institution and e-mail address on the abstract. Please do not send it as a PDF, as proposals will be copied into a composite file. 


The deadline will be in Spring, the exact date of which will be announced soon.
Proposals will be emailed to:

All proposals will be considered for acceptance as soon as received. Please tell us if you have a deadline for funding.




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