Poet will be paid to live and work at Wordsworth’s home

Poets are being invited to apply for the chance to live and work at Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth.

The University of Cumbria’s Literature team are inviting applications for a unique poetry commission, in partnership with Rydal Mount.

Rydal Mount: literary heritage

Poets from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are particularly invited to apply for the paid commission, which will include a short residency at the historic literary house near Ambleside in the Lake District.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be immersed in landscapes which have proved inspirational to generations of writers. They will receive a £1000 fee on completion of the work commissioned by the University of Cumbria.

Leo Finighan, curator and custodian of Rydal Mount, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a residency scheme to the commissioned poet. Artists will have full access to William Wordsworth’s family home and five-acre garden during their stay, with use of the house’s facilities and freedom to explore the mountain pathways of Loughrigg, Nab Scar, and many more of the old poet’s haunts.”

More details: https://www.rydalmount.co.uk/whats-on/

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 6th May 2022.


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