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50th Anniversary Festival

July 5, 2018

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The Thomas Hardy Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Festival and International Conference from 14th - 21st July 2018
Delegates from around the world will be descending on Dorchester for this celebratory event. The Festival and Conference combines academic studies directed by Professor Jane Thomas with a programme co-ordinated by THS secretary Mike Nixon of entertainment, Country Fair, music, walks and tours around Hardy's Wessex and Cornwall.

The highlight of the weeks - after a showing of Far From the Madding Crowd during the week, is TERENCE STAMP who returns to Dorset after 50 years to share his memories and recollections at 11.00am on Saturday 21st July (Tickets £10 from the THS office: 01305 251 501)

Local residents are invited to join our celebrations at a Country Fair and Tast of Dorset on Sunday 15th July at Kingston Maurward from 12 noon - 5.00pm (Tickets £2.50, students and children are free on entry)

An evening performance of The Trumpet-Major by the New Hardy Players begins at 7.30pm, picnics in the grounds from 6.00pm (Tickets £12.50 from Dorchester Arts)

Conference speakers will develop themes around the life and works of Thomas Hardy and the International Call for papers will feature short papers from some of the world's foremost scholars, along with up and coming students; convenor is Dr Mary Rimmer from Canada. Dr Tracy Hayes has organized Seminars for both Post-Graduate students and General Readers.

The THS will launch a publication - for the first time - of 'The Maid on the Shore', a novella by Hardy's first wife Emma Lavinia Gifford Hardy. Publications by our speakers will also be on sale.
Evening entertainments include Tim Laycock and the Mellstock Band on 18th July at 8.00pm in the Corn Exchange (Tickets £10). On 16th July at the Corn Exchange, Tim joins Alistair Chisholm and Andrew and Marilyn Leah in 'A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy's War' - readings from letters and memoirs which chart the relationship between Hardy and the remarkable Thorneycrofts, including Sigfried Sassoon. (Tickets £12)

An opening concert by the professional group of singers 'The Wessex Consort' takes place at Kingston Maurward at 9.00pm on 14th July (Tickets £10)

We hope it will be a week to remember and one in which Dorchester gives support and the warmest of welcomes to our guests from home and abroad. From Monday 16th July to Saturday 21st July, the Conference will be based at the United Reform Church and the public are invited to join in any part of the conference - buy a ticket for a single lecture or a night's entertainment!
Tickets will be available throughout the week from the Box Office in the reception area of the United Reform Church. Festival and Conference programmes which detail all events taking place across the week are available from Dorchester TIC, Waterstones, Max Gate, and Hardy's Cottage at Bockhampton.

 

Download our Conference Program


Conf Main Prog 18.pdf

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