Tuesday, 1 March 2016


The Wordsworth Conference Foundation announces
The 45th Wordsworth Summer Conference 2016
Monday 8 August to Thursday 18 August at Rydal Hall, Cumbria

Call for Papers and Bursary Applications

Keynote Lecturers
Alan Bewell   Oliver Clarkson   Jeff Cowton Nora Crook
im Fulford  Denise Gigante   Mina Gorji   Heather GlenGregory 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).

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Call for Papers

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

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

Nicholas Roe, Conference Director
Sharon Tai, Postgraduate Representative
Carrie Taylor, Wordsworth Conference Foundation Administrator 

The Wordsworth Conference Foundation is a registered charity, number 1124319

Bursaries for the 2016 Wordsworth Summer Conference

Ten bursaries of £350 are available for the 2016 conference. These bursaries are intended to enable young scholars, principally at postgraduate and early post-doctoral level, to enjoy ten active and stimulating days in the unique environment of Rydal and Grasmere, for about half the cost of the event. Please bring this announcement to the attention of qualifying applicants.

5 Richard Wordsworth Bursaries £350 for Postgraduate or Postdoctoral applicants working in English or Anglo-American Romanticism

5 Ena Wordsworth Bursaries £350 for students working on Wordsworth or in the Field of English Romanticism

Terms and Conditions: Bursaries are intended to meet approximately half of the cost of attending the conference. Holders of bursaries will be so designated on the list of participants or the conference programme. The bursary will be applied in the first instance to conference fees, and the balance to accommodation in the new Rydal Hall Youth Centre, making the total cost of the conference, to a bursar, either £350 (5 person dormitory) or £400 (2 person dormitory) for the full ten-day conference programme and ten nights’ full board. Bursars are expected to attend all lectures, papers and conference events, and acceptance of a bursary implies an undertaking to do so.

Your application should be in the form of a Word attachment (not pdf) containing a paper proposal of 300 words, together with a short unformatted c.v. in the same file, the entire application being not more than two sides of A4 (the file will be copied and pasted into a composite file, so please avoid elaborate formatting). Applicants should also arrange for one academic reference to be sent independently to the same email address, verifying the applicant’s status and country of residence. Candidates need not specify which bursary they are applying for. They will automatically be considered for any bursary for which they are eligible.

Please note that we may award a bursary but without having space to include the proposed paper on the conference programme: such papers may, however, be ‘taken as read’, that is, made available in print form at the conference, if the proposer so chooses.  Papers should be not longer than 2750 words (rapid delivery invariably impedes communication) and may address any area of Romanticism.

Bursary applications and references should be submitted by 15 April 2016 to proposal.wsc@gmail.com


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