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.

Where Poppies Blow: curator’s talk

Thursday 19 April at 7.30pm
Wainwright prize-winning author John Lewis-Stempel, guest curator of our 2018 exhibition, Where Poppies Blow, describes how the love of nature helped sustain Britain’s soldiers through the horrors of the Great War. Tickets £10 including glass of wine.

Farmer, historian and award-winning writer John Lewis-Stempel is guest curator of Where Poppies Blow
A man in a blue jacket sitting in front of a woven fence

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.

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 glass of wine.

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. Tickets £10 including glass of wine.

Book your talk tickets today 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 in cash 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
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