2016 Wordsworth Summer Conference (International)

Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2016

Dates: August 8-18, 2016

Location: Rydal Hall,Cumbria

CFP Link

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries and the Romantic period. Papers that identify a bicentenary theme, 1816–2016, will be welcomed.

Proposals: 250 word proposals for papers of no more than 2750 words, together with a brief autobiographical paragraph, should occupy no more than 2 sides of A4 (they will be copied into a composite file). Please do include your name, institution and e-mail address on the abstract. Please do not send it as a pdf file. Proposals should be e-mailed by 15 April 2016 to proposal.wsc@gmail.com

All other enquiries about accommodation, costs etc. should be e-mailed to the Conference Administrator, Carrie Taylor, at carriegrasmere@aol.com

Keynote Lecturers
Alan Bewell   Oliver Clarkson   Jeff Cowton  Nora Crook
Tim Fulford Denise Gigante   Mina Gorji   Heather Glen
Gregory Leadbetter   Mark Sandy  Fiona Stafford
Masashi Suzuki  Richard Marggraf Turley   John Williams

The 2016 Wordsworth Summer Conference at elegant Rydal Hall will be the 45th since Richard Wordsworth’s inaugural conference gathering in 1970. This year we 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. Upper and Lower Rydal Falls are within the grounds of the Hall, and Rydal Mount – Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until 1850 – is a two-minute walk away. In the evenings participants relax in the bar at Rydal Hall, wander in the terraced garden, or stroll down to Rydal water for a moonlight swim …

By courtesy of the Wordsworth Trust, our opening night will include a reception in the Wordsworth Museum followed by a candle light visit to Dove Cottage. In 2016 our excursions are likely to include historic Ambleside, Piel Castle, Alston and Roman Whitley Castle in the heart of the Pennines. High points for energetic fell walkers will be ascents of Pike o’Blisco, Great Gable, and an all day romp along The Dodds – the massive fells extending from Threlkeld southwards to Helvellyn. 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.

Format and Costs: The 2016 Summer Conference is in two parts of 5 days each, with a changeover day on Saturday 12 August. The registration fee, which includes up to seven excursions, has generally been maintained at 2015 levels. This offers exceptional value at £250 for ten days (£175 for five days). Full Board at Rydal Hall is available at prices ranging from £610 to £910 (for ten nights), and at the adjacent Youth Centre from £450 (for ten nights). All participants will take all meals at Rydal Hall.

Non-resident registration: from £90 per day (inclusive of lunch, dinner, excursions, receptions).

Full details about costs are available online at




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