Wordsworth Summer Conference

8th August to 18th August 2022 at Rydal Hall, Cumbria







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   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 


The 2022 Wordsworth Summer Conference at elegant Rydal Hall will be the 50th anniversary conference since Richard Wordsworth’s inaugural conference gathering in 1970. We 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 2022 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. 


Format and Costs


The conference is in two parts of 4 full days each, with a changeover day on Saturday 13 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. Please consult the tariff page for a breakdown of conference costs. 





We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries and the Romantic period. 250-word proposals for papers of no more than 2750 words, together with a brief autobiographical paragraph, unformatted, should occupy no more than 2 sides 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. Proposals should be e-mailed by 31 May  2022  to: proposal.wsc@gmail.com




Click on the "Bursaries" button for details of Bursaries to be awarded in 2022. 


Conference Director: Nicholas Roe nhr@st-andrews.ac.uk
Conference Administrator: Kate Marriott wordsworthsummerconference@gmail.com

Postgraduate Representative: Inês Rosa inesvasconcelosrosa@gmail.com


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