Celebrating Dorothy Wordsworth

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University of Cumbria

Celebrating Dorothy Wordsworth


Honouring the 250th anniversary of this iconic writer and muse

In honour of her 250th anniversary, we’re holding a party for Dorothy Wordsworth. She was not only a source of inspiration and strength to her brother William, and to Samuel Coleridge, but a talented writer whose journals make for absorbing reading, thanks to keen observations and vivid descriptions of trees, plants, birds, hills, lakes, and rivers. Her life story has tremendous topical resonance, highlighting issues around the environment, mental health, and the sidelining of women’s contributions to the arts.

For this live audience event, Dr Penny Bradshaw will be live in the venue with Dr Polly Atkin joining by video link.

Dr Penny Bradshaw is thematic lead for Cultural Landscapes within the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas at the University of Cumbria, and Programme Leader for the MA in Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District. Her newest publication is A Literary Tour of Ambleside.

Dr Polly Atkin is the author of two poetry collections, Basic Nest Architecture and Much With Body. Her new book, Recovering Dorothy, The Hidden Life of Dorothy Wordsworth, offering a fresh perspective on Wordsworth’s final years, comes out in November.


Tickets to access a recording of this event can also be purchased, if you are unable to attend in person.

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

Bookends Cumbria County Council's Library Service Tullie House

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