Over half term VII English students enjoyed a literary-themed trip to the Lake District. Below, Isobel tells us more:
Over half term, a group of Paulinas and Paulines visited the Lake District to enrich our knowledge of the Romantic poets, the work of the Brontës and Elizabeth Gaskell. Our first destination was Grasmere, where we had several fascinating talks on William Wordsworth; we visited his house, Dove Cottage, and explored the lake nearby, Rydal Water. After buying some delicious Grasmere gingerbread, we moved on to Haworth, home to the Brontë Parsonage, and trekked across the moors in true Wuthering Heights style. We spent our final two days in Manchester, where we were given an introduction to the English department at Manchester University and visited the house of Elizabeth Gaskell. The highlight of Manchester was, of course, our meal out at Akbar’s restaurant. The trip really helped us to visualise the challenges these authors faced and how their lives impacted upon their work; it has brought their books alive for me and added to my increasingly long reading list!