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The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) was set up in 1989 by academics to promote the study of the cultural history of the Romantic period. Since then, BARS has organised eight International conferences at various locations in the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 350 members.

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The Wordsworth Winter School, 22-27 February, 2010

Theme: "Wordsworth and Romantic Story-Telling"

This highly convivial house party, now held at Forest Side Hotel Grasmere, has run every year since 1982. The five day educational event, sponsored by The Wordsworth Conference Foundation, includes lectures, seminars, poetry readings, walks, excursions and other events, and is open to postgrads, students, teachers and enthusiasts.

Speakers in 2010 are: David Chandler (Doshisha), Richard Gravil (Director), Felicity James (Leicester), Claire Lamont (Newcastle), Michael O'Neill (Durham), Christopher Simons (ICU, Tokyo), Ken Smith (Broadford) and Pamela Woof (The Wordsworth Trust).

The registration fee is £135 and full board ranges from only £200 to £320 per person per night. Please see www.wordsworthconferences.org for full details.

The Foundation is offering one Winter School Bursary of £250 for a postgraduate student. Applications, with a c.v. and an academic reference, should be mailed to Richard Gravil at wordsworth_conferences@hotmail.co.uk [the space is underlined] by 1 December 2009.

The Wordsworth Summer Conference, 28 July to 7 August, 2010

Details of the Wordsworth Summer Conference will be published on the The Wordsworth Conference Foundation website in late August. As this will be the 40th Anniversary Conference and accommodation is very limited, early booking is advised. At least 12 postgraduate, postdoctoral amd general bursaries will be offered, so please check the website, http://www.wordsworthconferences.org.uk regularly for updates.