Re-Imagining Ireland with Wordsworth is a project run by students from the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership in association with the Wordsworth Trust to increase awareness of William Wordsworth’s life, work and legacy.
The project traces William Wordsworth’s connections with Ireland, and in particular with the Irish landscape. We hope that by bringing these to public attention we can foster a new audience for Wordsworth’s poetry but also a re-appreciation of the natural beauty of the island of Ireland.
In September 1829 Wordsworth toured Ireland, starting in Dublin and travelling the length of the coast, ending in Belfast. During the five weeks he spent in Ireland, he wrote letters to his family at Rydal Mount, and these letters record his responses to what he saw over the course of his tour. We have produced a digital map of Ireland that details the itinerary of his trip and describes his reactions to Ireland as he put them in these letters, as well as a blog post for the Romanticism Blog exploring Wordsworth’s Irish connections.
A travelling exhibition charting Wordsworth’s time in Ulster will also form part of the project, accompanied by public sessions engaging with Wordsworth’s poetry. For more information, see the exhibition section of this site.
The project has been collectively funded by the Northern Bridge, the Department for Communities, and the Graduate School of Queen’s University Belfast, whose support we gratefully acknowledge.
Additionally, the co-ordinators would like to thank the many individuals and organisations that have helped to make ‘Re-Imagining Wordsworth’ possible. Our thanks go to:
We would also like to express particular gratitude to Dr Bethany Sinclair (Department for Communities), Timothy Carson (QUB School of English), Susan Allen (Wordsworth Trust), Professor Michael Rossington (Newcastle University), and Jeff Cowton MBE (Wordsworth Trust) for their dedication and invaluable contributions to this project.