News & Features

50th Anniversary Festival

July 5, 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.

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Commemorative Merchandise for 50th Anniversary

May 9, 2018

You may have noticed that we have designed a special logo for this year, celebrating 50 years of the Thomas Hardy Society.  This is the theme for our commemorative 50th Anniversary merchandise. 

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Thomas Hardy Society Website Survey

April 21, 2018

The Thomas Hardy Society maintains its online and digital presence with a website, an online shop, a Facebook page, and Twitter. These channels support a worldwide community of Hardy Society members, Hardy scholars, students, and enthusiasts with a wide range of information and resources. We would like your help to improve the website.

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A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day: Programme

March 17, 2018

Conference Fee is £16, or £8 for students/unwaged, which includes all refreshments, buffet lunch, and wine reception.

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2018 Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition

March 10, 2018

Welcome to this year's Patrick Tolfree essay competition, open to students of any academic level over the age of 18 and living anywhere in the world.

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Hardy Day at The Corn Exchange: The Woodlanders

October 5, 2016

2017 will mark the 130th anniversary of the publication of The Woodlanders.

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Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company: The Woodlanders

September 28, 2016

Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company is touring their adaptation of ‘THE WOODLANDERS’ in the West Country this autumn

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A New Book by Tony Fincham

May 5, 2016

Follow in the footsteps of Bathsheba, Gabriel Oak, Tess, Jude, Henchard, Eustacia and a host of Thomas Hardy’s other characters to discover his fictional and poetic Wessex.

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At the Birthday Weekend, on 4th June

April 22, 2016

The Thomas Hardy Society Presents: The New Scorpion Band at Dorset County Museum

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Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex

March 29, 2016

This exhibition, curated by Gwen Yarker and at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Clifton, Bristol until 12th June, has Hardy at its heart

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The Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2016

March 1, 2016

The theme for this year's competition is 'Hardy and Morality'

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ESSE Conference Seminar

November 20, 2015

Desire and « the expressive eye » in Thomas Hardy: ESSE Conference Seminar, Galway, Ireland – 22-26 August 2016

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Thomas Hardy's Musical Heritage from Bonny Sartin

September 28, 2015

The Friends of Weymouth Library are presenting a talk (with, no doubt, songs and music) on Thomas Hardy's Musical Heritage from Bonny Sartin.

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Dorchester Literary Festival 2015

September 25, 2015

First Dorchester Literary Festival: the Hardy Event is at 11.00 on Saturday 24th October.

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We already have Hardy’s homes, let’s support The Big Blake Project!

July 9, 2015

The Blake’s Cottage Fund, led by The Blake Society, aims to raise funds to buy William Blake’s cottage in Felpham and keep it in Trust for the nation.

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New Hardy Players’ 2015 Production

June 30, 2015

Information about the New Hardy Players’ 2015 production, of The Return of the Native

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August Concerts in Dorset with Finzi Settings of Hardy Poems

June 15, 2015

More information on The Wessex Festival 2015

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New Hardy Poems Selection

May 8, 2015

‘Poetry of place’ and experiences in time artistically entwine in this exquisitely illustrated collection of Thomas Hardy’s poems: Places and Other Poems

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Thomas Hardy Talks, 2015

April 14, 2015

Dorset County Museum, the National Trust and the University of Exeter are pleased to present the 2015 Thomas Hardy talks.

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Far From The Madding Crowd

April 14, 2015

Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd at The Watermill Theatre

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Phyllis Richardson’s House of Fiction

November 19, 2014

Phyllis Richardson’s House of Fiction includes a chapter on Hardy.  Read an extract here...

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New Hardy Players present - Wessex Scenes

July 11, 2014

A drama of the Napoleonic Wars - from Thomas Hardy's "The Dynasts"

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Wind Turbines set to destroy Hardy’s Landscape

June 23, 2014

West Coast Energy have re-submitted their planning application to erect giant wind turbines in Tolpuddle parish in the heart of Hardy Country.

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An Autumn Walk - from Beaminster to Mapperton

May 13, 2014

Meet in Beaminster Square for a 5-mile (approx.) circular walk led by Sue Clarke in the unspoilt countryside of West Dorset’s area of outstanding natural beauty.

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2014 Thomas Hardy Festival & Conference

December 19, 2013

The Twenty-First International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival

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