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Twenty-Fourth International Thomas Hardy Festival and Conference

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Sunninghill Preparatory School

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Thomas Hardy Society Biennial Festival and Conference in Dorset

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Despite curtailments caused by Covid-19, lockdowns, social distancing and international travel restrictions, our postponed 24th Festival and Conference is very definitely going ahead this July – with all appropriate measures in place to comply with anti-viral regulations.

Inevitably in this strange new world, some of the speakers and participants originally booked for July 2020 will not be able to join us in July 2021. However, we have a comprehensive programme of events planned. Small may well be beautiful – and certainly will not reduce the intensity of the experience. Judging from the popularity of the few actual events that we have been able to hold over the past year, our members are just glad to be allowed to meet again and enjoy once more the world of Hardyan study and appreciation.

The Festival and Conference will be based this time at Sunninghill School in the South Walks, Dorchester – once the home of Alfred Pope, brewer and friend of Thomas Hardy.

The academic programme is being co-ordinated by Mark Chutter, our new Academic Director. Lecturers include Professor Michael Irwin, Professor Jane Thomas, Professor Pamela Gilbert and Professor Simon Olding. The ‘Call for Papers’ sessions – to be kept in their new morning plenary position will involve talks from new and established Hardy scholars from around the world.

There will be considerable involvement of local schools in this year’s festival. There will be two talks on paintings of Hardy’s Landscape, a painting workshop and several talks on Hardy related local projects.

Alan Johnson, former Government minister and MP, and renowned Hardyan, will be the keynote speaker of our Festival. Poets booked include Pascale Petit and Mark Ford. The entertainment programme will start with a barn dance led by The Casterbridge Band on the Sunday evening; the New Hardy Players will give a performance based upon The Mayor of Casterbridge; there will be a dramatic presentation of ‘Hardy meets M.R. James’; there will be a Hardy Quiz and a Question Time – and after the farewell dinner Tatterdemalion and Tim Laycock will perform their musical rendition of Hardy’s Satires of Circumstance.

The walks and tours will include a visit to Stourhead, a musical Under the Greenwood Tree walk with the Thompsons, an Exploration of Durnover (Fordington), a Tess tour, a Puddletown walk, a Budmouth and Isle of Slingers walk, a Beaminster and Bridport Tour and a Purbeck walk. Full particulars of these outings and booking details will appear shortly on our website.

Meanwhile, do book your place for what promises to be a most exciting Conference and Festival!

If you have any queries, including registering dietary requirements, please contact the THS Secretary - Tracy Hayes - on info@hardysociety.org or 07867 666737

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