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TASTE OF THE PAST Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk
Wordsworth House and Garden is preparing to welcome a very special lover of landscape to its atmospheric dining room.
The award-winning writer Zoe Gilbert, namesake of the house’s visitor experience manager, will talk about her work and read from her acclaimed novel Folk on Thursday 19th September.
Folk is set in a richly imagined world inspired by the Isle of Man, where people and their surroundings are bound together by myth and tradition.
Author Zoe said: “I really wanted to explore exactly that relationship, between landscape and people, which can be spiritual without being romantic, but also necessarily practical. The landscape of folk tales is unforgiving but also surprising, and I think this reflects real relationships with it.”
She will also be talking about her latest project, which is rooted in similarly evocative territory.
Zoe explained: “I’m currently writing a new fiction book about the woodland that used to cover much of South London (where I used to live), exploring people’s relationship with it as a working wood, and then as a shrinking, mostly imaginary wood hidden in the built environment.”
Wordsworth House’s own Zoe Gilbert said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting such a topical and accomplished author at poet William’s childhood home.
“The themes of her work tie in perfectly not only with William’s interest in the natural world, but also with our 2019 exhibitions, ‘This Land is Our Land’, which runs until 8th September, and ‘Under Northern Skies’, which we’re hosting from 16th September. Both focus on our relationship with the fragile and changing environment around us.”
Tickets to meet the more famous Zoe Gilbert cost £10.00 including a glass of wine. The doors open at 7.30pm and her talk starts at 8.00pm, with time afterwards for questions and signings. To book, visit Wordsworth House shop, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as the opening of the ‘Under Northern Skies’ exhibition, which is a collaboration with young curators from local communities, September sees several other special events at William’s birthplace.
On Friday 6th September, when the house is closed, there will be a garden open day in aid of the National Garden Scheme from 11.00am-4.30pm. Adult entry costs £3.50 and children go free. There will be a children’s trail and homemade teas.
Meanwhile, on Tuesdays throughout the month, head gardener Amanda Thackeray will lead garden tours at 11.30am.
CTiCA Walking Group at Maryport FORTHCOMING WALKS
Mealsgate on Saturday 7th September, a circuit of 6 miles with 500 feet of ascent, visiting Harbybrow, Blennerhasset, Baggrow and Allhallows Church.
Meet at the parking area on the left just before the junction A595/B5299 road to Fletchertown [Grid Ref NY208419 with nearest postcode CA7 1AH] at 10.00am, or at 9.30am at Christ Church, Cockermouth if you prefer to car share. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing. It is likely that it will be muddy in places. Bring a packed lunch.
Pilgrimage to St. Bega’s Church, Bassenthwaite Lake from Cockermouth and Keswick on Thursday 19th September. Service at 1.45pm to 2.30pm. Walk, cycle or take the bus and join a service giving thanks for Creation and praying for those committed to reversing climate change.
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For more information and details, please telephone Stan on 01900 828821, or email email@example.com
Heritage Open Days Free guided walks
Borrowdale Valley, Buttermere Valley, Ennerdale and Whitehaven Coast
Sat 14 to Sun 22 September
Join our rangers on a free guided walk to discover the hidden histories and wildlife of the Lake District, we've four stunning locations to choose from.
In partnership with nationaltrust.org.uk/Borrowdale
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