News & Features

THS 2019 Study Day Call for Papers

November 16, 2018

The THS 2019 Study Day Call for Papers
Far From the Madding Crowd
Saturday 13th April, 2019 at The Corn Exchange

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Hidden Faces, Hidden Places: Stories behind Objects from the Thomas Hardy Archive

October 18, 2018

The significance of ‘things’ and what they reveal of real lives and places, and the world of Hardy’s imagination.

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The Islanders

October 15, 2018

A new YA novel based upon Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.

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A Portland Tale by Sid Payne

October 2, 2018

An historical novel based on 18th Century Dorset

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The End of Casterbridge?

September 26, 2018

One of the most distinctive aspects of Dorchester is the sharp cut off between town and country on the northern side. That could all be about to change! 3 500 homes are proposed!

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International Hardy Fans Tour

July 25, 2018

The group had travelled together with the Thomas Hardy Society from Dorchester to see some of the places featured in the ‘Shaston’ of Thomas Hardy’s, ‘Jude The Obscure’, first published in 1894.

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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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