Cockermouth's flood-hit Wordsworth House has undergone extensive repairs and re-opens this weekend ahead of the Easter holidays.Read the full story ›
One of Cumbria's top visitor attractions is preparing to open ahead of the Easter season.
Cockermouth's Wordsworth House was damaged in December's floods and repairs have been carried out to get it ready for next weekend's opening.
A Cumbrian musician is reviving old Cumberland and Westmorland tunes played in the time of poet William Wordsworth.
Ed Heslam has produced a CD of music dating back to the 1700's, in the hope of keeping the songs alive for future generations. Paul Crone reports.
An exhibition in Grasmere to remember the Battle of Waterloo, 200 years on, has been a huge success.
More than 40,000 visitors came to see the display, which looks at Napoleon and the war through the eyes of the poet William Wordsworth.
Fiona Marley Paterson has this report.
The winners of the Wordsworth Young Poet Competition were announced yesterday at a ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of the revised version of Wordsworth's "Daffodils".
Youngsters across Cumbria were asked to contribute their own poems to be judged by a panel made up of members of William Wordsworth's family.
13-year-old Jessica Dickinson, from Keswick School, took first place with the following entry:
I wandered into my childhood,
Reminiscing one autumn day…
My creased eyes saw with joy
Each defining moment that shaped my mind, my life,
What treasures did I discover anew?
Fireworks shining in my mum’s eyes,
A swing to carry me to the top of the world,
A witch’s hat; a twinkling pumpkin greeting us and our tricks,
Santa, vibrant red, and a kind smile,
Summer days to run free and wild,
Oh no; that clown, a puppet, evil smile
Put him AWAY
A perfumed hug, everything’s OK
Colouring shapes on rainy days
My foot traces patterns on a sandy beach,
Laughing with friends until I cry,
And now but now, all my days are Autumn,
Winter draws close
Gnarled knotty hands, gnarled knotty trees,
Time to hibernate?
But my memories, like a toasty heart-warming fire keeping me aglow
The jigsaw of me.
Judges described her words as "taking the reader into herself, where the poet lives".
You can watch a collection of readings by some of the runners up in the competition below:
In order of appearance:
- 10-year-old Amelie Tyson from Ambleside Church of England Primary School
- 10-year-old Lydia Huby from Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School
- 10-year-old Matthew Gorton, from Bewcastle Primary School
Today marks 200 years since the revised version of Wordsworth's 'Daffodils' was published. We take a look at the man behind the poetry.Read the full story ›
Today marks 200 years since the revised version of William Wordsworth's poem "Daffodils" was published.
Christopher Wordsworth, the great great great great grandson of the famous poet, will be at Rydal Mount to recite the piece.
He will then present the prizes in the Young Poets Competition, which students across the country have entered.
They symbolise, perhaps more than most, the end of winter and the start of spring.
Bright yellow Daffodils also inspired William Wordsworth to write one of the most celebrated poems of all time.
However, the Wordsworth Trust say that this is not entirely the case.
That inspiration came not from the flowers, not even the clouds but from something written by an entirely different Wordsworth.
Andy Burn reports:
Senior managers from blue chip companies are coming to Cumbria to learn how to use Wordsworth's principles in their business.Read the full story ›