Join us at Rydal Hall in the heart of the Lake District, 14–19 February 2022, for a week of lectures and seminars exploring the theme of ‘Wordsworth and Storytelling’. As always, there will be cakes, challenging minds, congenial company . . . and the incomparable landscape.

We will investigate how the poet told stories of himself and of historical and imaginary characters through the lenses of literary style, history, biography, and influence. Texts to be studied encompass Lyrical Ballads, Peter Bell, The ExcursionThe White Doe of RylstoneThe Prelude, and more.

The celebrated poet Sean O’Brien will be giving a reading of his poems in response to Wordsworth’s stories.


Other speakers confirmed so far (in these shifting times!) include:


Patty O’Boyle 

David Chandler

Stephen Gill

Heather Glen

Jake Phipps

Cecilia Powell

Christopher Simons

John Williams

There will be a visit to the newly revamped Wordsworth Museum, and a guided tour of Grasmere Village, plus excursions to other places of Wordsworthian interest . . . tentatively drawn from this list: Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts house overlooking Windermere; Dalemain House, on Ullswater; Lowther Castle and Gardens; Windermere Jetty Museum (and boat trip). Watch this space!

Further information and speedy replies to any questions you may have can be reached through:


The Wordsworth Winter School


The 2022 Wordsworth Winter School will be held on 14-19 February, 2022. 




Peter Dale

Brandon Yen



Irm Hollenbach


124 Southfield Road, Oxford, OX4 1PA


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. We do not accept residential bookings for less than the full period.


For an account of the 2017 event see Stephen Gill's blog at

Resident Attendance:

Details on pricing to come

Single (or sole use of a double/twin)£520

Single (or sole use of a double/twin) with Front View


Shared Double/Twin (per person)

Shared Double/Twin (per person) with Front View

The Stable Cottage (sleeps 4, with sitting room and garden) p.o.a


Non-Resident Attendance:

All non-residential attendance must be pre-booked.


Details on pricing to come





Day rate


includes full participation in all events, including lunch and dinner

Five-day rate


includes full participation in all events, including lunch and dinner


Day rate


Includes all events, but no meals

Five-day rate


Includes all events, but no meals


Day rate


Lectures and papers on

Locals Session Rates

£10 per person



Non Participant Rates

£110 for a 5 day non-participant


Student Attendance


Some residential places are reserved for bona fide unwaged students for £380 inclusive of the fee 
(see also our Bursaries page).

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


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