22nd International Conference and Festival

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Date & time

From July 23, 2016 at 12:00 to July 30, 2016 at 12:00


United Reform Church, Dorchester  See the map

The Conference will be opened by our President, Julian Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford,

at a reception at the Thomas Hardye School.  Following a welcome dinner, our opening speaker will be the celebrated poet Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry.
On Sunday 24th there will be a tour to Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salisbury,as well as a walk round Casterbridge and  a service at St Michael's,Stinsford.
Lecturers during the week include Professor Barrie Bullen, author of The Expressive Eye and Thomas Hardy: The World of his Novels and Sean O'Connor, producer of  The Archers. There will be a full programme of afternoon tours and walks, Call for Papers, seminars and worshops, plus varied entertainments in the evenings.  Booking forms will be included in the Spring  Hardy SocietyJournal, due to be published at the end of March..  For more detailed information see the Conference Page, or contact info@hardysociety.org.