A room to inspire you to write poetry

First published in South Lakeland news The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

A LAKE District hotel has created a special room to inspire modern-day Wordsworths.

Waterhead, on the shore of Windermere, wants to encourage a new generation of poets to write beautiful verse about the area.

Over the centuries, the Lake District’s spectacular landscape has provided inspiration for a wealth of famous poets, such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and Robert Southey, as well as writers such as Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome, Thomas de Quincey and John Ruskin.

Wordsworth lived just a few miles away from Waterhead at Dove Cottage and then Rydal Mount. Now, English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues, which owns Waterhead, has put together some of the ingredients they hope will help aspiring writers get their creative juices flowing.

The Poets’ Room contains a writer’s desk from which wordsmiths can enjoy spectacular vistas over Windermere and the fells beyond. Views include Loughrigg Fell where Wordsworth often walked in search of inspiration. He described the tarn that can be found part way up as ‘round clear and bright as heaven’ and nicknamed it ‘Diana’s Looking-glass’.

An ink pen and paper is on hand to help people get into the writing mood, or they can make use of a traditional typewriter, as well as having the option to plug in a laptop for high speed internet access.

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The room will also contain valuable reference material such as books of famous poetry, a dictionary and thesaurus as well as the guidebook to the area which Wordsworth himself wrote so the writer can visit some of the region’s many picturesque locations to provide food for thought.

Guests who stay in the Poetry Room will get free entry to Dove Cottage and access to the Jerwood Centre Reading Room – which contains the Wordsworth Trust’s collection and is usually only open to researchers by prior appointment.

Waterhead boss Mark Needham said: “We would really like to see that tradition continue into the future and have created a room which we hope will help aspiring poets and writers’ creativity.”

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