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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Wordsworth drops in on poetry workshops

When Dave Cryer volunteered to run poetry workshops at Cockermouth’s Wordsworth House he had not reckoned on one of the poet’s direct descendants turning up.

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WORDSWORTH WAS HERE: Thomas Dean, of Lorton, adds his verse to the poetry tree at Wordsworth House following a workshop run by Dave Cryer, one of which was attended by a descendant of Wordsworth

So Dave was delighted and taken aback when Jeremy Wordsworth took his seat under an apple tree in the walled garden.

Dave welcomed him to the poetry group, which contained a mix of adults and children.

He said: “This man turned up and handed over his membership card. The person on reception joked ‘you’re no relation’ and was astounded when told ‘actually, yes I am’.”

The retired clergyman from Bath was in the area for the Keswick Convention. He is a direct descendant of Christopher Wordsworth, the youngest brother of William.

Dave said: “It was a real honour to have a member of the Wordsworth family with us.

“It felt like a blessing, as though they were putting their stamp of approval on the sessions.”

Mr Wordsworth said he had none of his ancestor’s talents but was delighted to take part in the workshop.

He wrote a poem which was later hung on the poetry tree in the garden.

Dave, of Keswick, is a former teacher who works in schools across the country running reading and writing workshops. He also volunteers at Wordsworth House.

Throughout the summer holidays on Wednesdays he will be running poetry workshops. For more information, call 01900 820884.

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