The 20th International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival
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18-26th August 2012:
The 2012 International Thomas Hardy Conference
Leading Hardy Scholars, Poetry Readings, Lectures, Seminars.
Creative Writing Workshops, Receptions, Suppers, Tastings, New Writing from Wessex, Hardy Quiz.
Guided Walks, Coach Tours, Drama, Dance and Musical Performances.
Book Launches, Exhibitions, Antiquarian Book Fair, Awards.
Roger McGough: ‘The Patron Saint of Poetry’ (Carol Ann Duffy) will be launching his new Poetry Collection AS FAR AS I KNOW on the Opening Night of the Conference
The 2012 International Thomas Hardy Conference will mark the 172nd anniversary of the birth of Thomas Hardy and take place from 18th - 26th August : a little later than in previous years in order to avoid the Olympic Games. Like its predecessors it will be designed to appeal both to Hardy scholars and to the lay readers who attend in large numbers.
Distinguished scholars both in this country and abroad will give the academic side of the programme. Their subjects will include: Thomas Hardy and the law; Hardy and Tennyson; Hardy aestheticism and the visual arts; Hardy the poet and Hardy the letter-writer as well as a lively and provocative debate on the definitive edition of Hardy’s novels. A full programme of seminars, and a General Reader session, will complement the lectures and the extremely successful Postgraduate Symposium will showcase the best of up and coming scholarship in the field of Hardy studies.
See Conference Page for Further Details