Evening talks at Wordsworth House in 2018

A man stands beside a First World War memorial

Discover the secret love of one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary writers, meet the women who inspired the Romantics, get closer to the soldiers who fought for nature – and find out what it takes to nurture the glorious heritage garden that helped turn Wordsworth into one of our best-loved poets.

Join us in the atmospheric dining room of Wordsworth House for a fascinating series of Thursday evening talks. But don’t wait to reserve your ticket to encounter these inspiring individuals and hear their stories – places are strictly limited.

April’s talk by Wainwright prize-winning author John Lewis-Stempel, guest curator of our 2018 exhibition, Where Poppies Blow, was a sell out.

Painted ladies and lazy housewives 

Thursday 10 May at 7.30pm
Amanda Thackeray, head gardener at Wordsworth House, shares the joys and challenges of conserving an award-winning Georgian garden. Tickets £5 including coffee and cake.

Wordsworth House head gardener Amanda Thackeray with a visitor in the garden that inspired William
Wordsworth House gardener Amanda Thackeray with a visitor
Wordsworth House head gardener Amanda Thackeray with a visitor in the garden that inspired William

From Adlestrop to Essex Clay

Thursday 7 June at 7.30pm
Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion talks about his love of First World War poet Edward Thomas, author of the iconic Adlestrop, and reads from his latest work, Essex Clay, a haunting memoir in verse. Tickets £20 including a glass of wine.

This talk is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for returns, please contact us (see below).

A passionate sisterhood

Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm
Author and historian Kathleen Jones offers a glimpse into the world of the women who inspired and adored the Romantic poets.

While Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey were celebrated as literary geniuses who existed on a plane above the day-to-day world, their sisters, wives and daughters fought to maintain a semblance of family life in the face of poverty, neglect and ill health and to carve out meaningful existences of their own.

Reserve your tickets now to hear their story. They cost £10 including a glass of wine.

Book by emailing wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk. Please include a daytime phone number and tell us how you would like to pay. This can be done at Wordsworth House shop or by card over the phone.

Kathleen Jones, author of A Passionate Sisterhood, a study of the women behind the Lake Poets
A woman standing in front of a wooden door
Kathleen Jones, author of A Passionate Sisterhood, a study of the women behind the Lake Poets