Dorothy Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth in 1771, being one year younger than her brother William. After their mother died in 1778, they were separated and did not return to the Lake District until 1794, when they spent two happy months walking around the hills near Keswick, eventually settling down near Grasmere in 1799.
The journals that Dorothy kept are remarkable for the detailed observations she makes of the surrounding countryside and people, often providing glimpses of poverty and suffering, as well as displaying her complete love affair with nature. 'She gave me eyes, she gave me ears,' said her brother William, acknowledging the important contribution his sister made to his poetry, as both he and Coleridge drew heavily on the simple yet beautiful material provided by these journals.
Dorothy and William lived at Dove Cottage from 1799-1813. They then moved to Rydal Mount, where they lived until they died, William in 1850 and Dorothy five years later. Our production is performed by Jenny Agutter as Dorothy Wordsworth and Robin Welch as William Wordsworth. Download and start listening now!