Annual Wordsworth Lecture - Lucy Newlyn

Vital Stream

The 13th Annual Wordsworth Lecture
Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 6.00pm
The University of London, Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street,London WC1E 7HU

Professor Lucy Newlyn:  ‘Vital Stream’– Love and Creativity in the Wordsworth Circle, 1802

1802 was an extraordinary year in the Wordsworth circle. William and Dorothy Wordsworth were writing some of their most beautiful poetry and prose, while Coleridge’s marriage was in a state of near collapse. Professor Lucy Newlyn’s new book 'Vital Stream' draws on a detailed knowledge of letters, poems, notebooks and journals to explore their thoughts and feelings about love, family bonds, friendship and creativity at this time. In this lecture, Lucy will read from her collection and describe how she has re-told a famous love story for a modern audience, in sonnet-form.

Professor Lucy Newlyn is an academic and a poet, and was Fellow and Tutor in English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford for 32 years before retiring in 2016. She now lives and writes in Cornwall (

The lecture is free and there is a drinks reception afterwards
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