...in which we stroll out from rainy Keswick with author and Back o' Skiddaw native, Kathleen Jones, to discuss the women in the lives of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey – sisters and wives whose stories have been lost in the margins of history. As we wander past Greta Hall – one-time home of the Southey and Coleridge families – we learn about the remarkable 'constellation' of young idealists (and orphans) who made Lakeland home; we consider the intense, often strained relationships between the group; we talk about opium addiction, domestic drudgery and chronic illness; we discuss long walks and constricted creative talents; and – arriving at Derwent Water as a storm brews down Borrowdale – we consider the key role played by the oft-lonely women in holding the group together, long after the poets had fallen out.
Kathleen's book, 'A Passionate Sisterhood: The Sisters, Wives and Daughters of the Lake Poets', is available from all good bookshops.
Kathleen is on Twitter at @kathyferber
Greta Hall, the Skiddaw massif looming behind. The Hall was home to the Coleridge and Southey families.
Our guest for the day: Kathleen Jones in front of Greta Hall.
Greta Hall: smart now - wet and windy when Southey first moved in.
We were spotted walking through Keswick - thanks to Steve Fidoe for the pic.
Low cloud (and high winds!) over Derwent Water.