Gardens, Mosses and Manuscripts – Wordsworth Grasmere

Date(s) - 11/06/2022
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Literary Arts

Gardens, Mosses and Manuscripts

Dove Cottage
LA22 9SH

Karen Lloyd (writer in residence with Lancaster University’s Future Places Centre) will lead this early summer creative writing workshop, taking initial inspiration from leading women writers on the natural world, including Dorothy Wordsworth, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Robin Wall Kimmerer and Kathleen Jamie.

As our lives become increasingly urbanised, many of us have lost knowledge of the wildflowers that play key roles in our ecosystems, a phenomenon which has been called ‘plant blindness.’

Part of this inspiring day will therefore provide an opportunity to look closely at plants, pollinators, lichens, mosses and related manuscripts in the Wordsworth Trust’s collection.

The group will also have the opportunity to examine Sarah Hutchinson and Emmeline Fisher’s ‘moss book,’ dating from 1841.

The workshop will equip writers to articulate new narratives for the more than human world and will encourage them to experiment in their chosen genre – non-fiction, fiction and poetry. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to share and discuss some of the resulting work.

This workshop is suitable for those with some writing experience.

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Participants should bring a notebook, pens, a hand-lens and binoculars if they have them, and comfortable shoes suitable for uneven, muddy ground.


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Tel: +44(0)15394 35544

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