The Wordsworth Winter School


The 2020 Wordsworth Winter School will honour the memory of Richard Gravil.  The theme to be explored is Wordsworth's Variety.  Lecturing will be David Chandler on Revisiting 'Hart-leap Well'; Oliver Clarkson on Variety in the Intimations and other Odes; Helen Boyles on the variety of Wordsworth's contemporary reputation; Christopher Simons on the variety of Wordsworth's narrative art; Jessica Fay on 'Peele Castle' and other elegies; Elizabeth Scheer on the questioning Wordsworth; Heather Glen on variety in Wordsworth poetic vocation; and Peter Dale on the variety of Wordsworth's poetic forms.



Stephen Gill



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

The 2020 Winter School: 17-22 February 2020


Heather Glen:  Variety in Wordsworth's early poetic vocation.

David Chandler:  Hart-Leap Well Revisited.

Jessica Fay:  Wordsworth's elegiac poetry.

Elizabeth Scheer: The questioning Wordsworth.

Christopher Simons: Peter Bell and narrative art in Wordsworth.

Helen Boyles: How many Wordsworths?  Variety in his contemporary reputation.

Oliver Clarkson: Variety in the Great Ode.

Peter Dale:  The Variety of Wordsworth's Forms.


As an extra treat, on the Wednesday afternoon, Cecilia Powell will give a talk in the Jerwood on Wordsworth as Lake District guide, with particular reference to the 1820 guide.  A display of printings of what eventually became the Guide to the Lakes and allied archive material will accompany the talk. 

Elizabeth Scheer, David Chandler, and Elsa Hammond will be our seminar tutors.


Registration will open by 31 October


For an impression of the event please browse recent programmes in the Archive.


Residential Rates 2020 (accommodation and meals)


To this should be added the registration fee of £210 (or £189 for Members and Friends of the Conference Foundation).

There is a Paypal payment button on the Registration Page.


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





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 only


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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