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Talk, Sat 5 Aug 2017, £10

John Thelwall

John Thelwall

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    Romantic poets were clearly involved in the politics of their day; today we explore the continued importance of their writings in the context of 20th- and 21st-century politics. We shall hear how Wordsworth’s writings were used in propaganda writings by political groups in the 1920s and ask what help the writings of Shelley and Thelwall can offer us for our own times from four experts on the subject:

    Wordsworth among the Fascists - Professor John Strachan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University, will discuss a notable misuse of the English canon of poetry, and of Wordsworth in particular, by the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s as they contrived to see Wordsworth as a ‘National Socialist’ and use English literature for ‘proving the essentially British character of our creed’.

    Wordsworth and Spain - Jonatan González, University of La Rioja, will talk us through how Wordsworth and his writings have been reimagined in Spain throughout history, particularly during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and consider the theory and practice of reworking Wordsworthian texts across different cultures and periods.

    ‘A crisis is now arriving, which shall decide your fate’: Crisis and Hope in Percy Shelley’s Poetry - Jonathan Quayle, Newcastle University, will explore how Shelley writes about political and social crisis in a number of his early poems, and reflect on his belief that, when faced with the threat of impending disaster, what we need is hope of meaningful social change.

    ‘Thelwall! Thou shouldst be living at this hour.’ - Yasmin Solomonescu, University of Notre Dame, will give the 2017 Thelwall Society Lecture. Her talk will shed new light on the poetic ramifications of Thelwall and Wordsworth’s meeting in 1797, a brief but powerful intellectual communion that marked each one’s writing for years to come. She will ask what lessons that intertextual conversation might hold for us ‘at this hour’.

    Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

    Disabled accessFacilities for hearing impaired

    Full disabled access is available to the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery. As Dove Cottage is an historic building, we have been unable to make provision for disabled access. However most wheelchairs will find the ground floor accessible and there is a virtual tour of the cottage available at the information point in the Wordsworth Museum.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 5 Aug 2017 14:00 to 17:00

    Address

    Town End,
    Grasmere,
    Cumbria,
    LA22 9SH

    Directions

    By Bus: Hop on the regular 599 open top service from Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside. Sit back, relax and admire the stunning views across the Lakes. The 555 also runs regularly between Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere and Kendal. The bus stops just across the Road from Dove Cottage.

    By bike: There are cycle parking stands near the attraction's restaurant.

    On Foot: There is an easy and safe two-minute walking route from Grasmere to Dove Cottage along Stock Lane. There is also a lakeside path or the Coffin Trail Bridleway which links Grasmere to Rydal near Ambleside. Both are fairly easy-going routes with great views.

    By Car: Leave the M6 at jct 36, follow signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery is located on the A591, the main Kendal to Keswick road through the Lake District, just South of the Grasmere mini roundabout.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Windermere station

    Facilities

    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • PostboxPostbox
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

    Full disabled access is available to the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery. As Dove Cottage is an historic building, we have been unable to make provision for disabled access. However most wheelchairs will find the ground floor accessible and there is a virtual tour of the cottage available at the information point in the Wordsworth Museum.

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