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Award-winning biographer, Professor Sir Jonathan Bate joins Jeff Cowton and Simon Bainbridge to talk about his new book Radical Wordsworth.

Radical Wordsworth explores Wordsworth’s radical life as a thinker and poetical innovator. He will reflect on what he learned when making his BBC Radio 4 series In Wordsworth’s Footsteps.

There will be a Q&A at the end of the event. Please send your questions to with the subject line 'Jonathan Bate Q&A'.

About the series

This year digital technology has brought us closer together than ever. With geography no object, we’re inviting experts on the Romantic era from all over the world to tell us all about the exciting things they’re up to. We’ll be exploring their thoughts on everything 'Wordsworthian', from poetry and artefacts to nature and the modern world, as well as finding out about their new books and research. We’ll also be investigating some of the themes raised in the free online course William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place. They’ll bring their enthusiasm, we’ll bring the questions – and we’d like to share your questions with them too!


Wordsworth Grasmere

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH

015394 35544


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Temporarily closed - Opening 18 May

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