William and Dorothy Wordsworth


William Wordsworth’s poems remain some of the best-known and best-loved in the English language. His sister Dorothy was a prolific writer and an enormous, though often unattributed, influence.

We shall explore the poetry and prose of this remarkable pair.

Programme details

09.30am: Registration

10.00am: An introduction to Wordsworth’s poetry, Professor Philip Shaw

11.15am: Tea/coffee

11.45am: “Elevating … the heart and the imagination”: Dorothy Wordsworth’s mountaineering evolution, Professor Simon Bainbridge

1.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm: Wordsworth and animal life, Dr Tom MacFaul

3.15pm: Tea/coffee

3.45pm: Wordsworth and novels, Dr Octavia Cox

5.00pm: Course ends


Description Costs
Tuition - in-person attendance £80.00
Tuition - virtual attendance £80.00
Baguette Lunch £5.50
Hot Lunch £15.50


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Prof Simon Bainbridge


Simon Bainbridge is Professor of Romantic Studies at Lancaster University. His books include Napoleon and English Romanticism (CUP, 1995), British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (OUP, 2002) and Mountaineering and British Romanticism; The Literary Cultures of Climbing, 1770–1836. He is a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust and has served as President of the British Association of Romantic Studies.

Dr Octavia Cox


Dr Octavia Cox completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, has taught and lectured at Oxford and elsewhere, and has published various peer-reviewed chapters and articles. Her first monograph, Alexander Pope in the Romantic Age, is forthcoming.

Dr Tom MacFaul


Dr Tom MacFaul has taught for Oxford University for a number of years and is Lecturer in English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is the author of Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson (2010) and Shakespeare and the Natural World (2015), and is the co-editor of Tottel's Miscellany: Songs and Sonnets of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Others (Penguin Classics, 2011).

Prof Philip Shaw


Professor Philip Shaw is Professor of Romantic Studies at the University of Leicester where he maintains research interests in Romantic poetry and prose and visual culture. His publications include The Sublime (2nd edition 2017), Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military Art (2013), Waterloo and the Romantic Imagination (2002), as co-editor, Visual Culture and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (2016) and, as editor, Romantic Wars: Studies in Culture and Conflict, 1789-1822 (2000). He has written essays on Wordsworth for The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (2015) and the Cambridge Companion to Lyrical Ballads (forthcoming, 2019). 


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.

IT requirements

You can opt to attend this hybrid teaching event either online (via a livestream) or in person at Rewley House, Oxford. You will be given the option of how you wish to attend during the enrolment process. You can only pick one option. If your preferred attendance format is fully booked, you can email us to be put on the waiting list.

For those joining us online

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Teams interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.