Conference 2016

The 22nd International THOMAS HARDY
Conference & Festival

Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th July 2016

Celebrating 130 years since the publication of The Mayor of Casterbridge

Registration will take place in the United Church in South Street, Dorchester from 12.00 noon on 23rd July.  The Conference will be formally opened by our President, Julian Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, at 7.30pm, at the Thomas Hardye School.  This will be followed by dinner for delegates and guests and then the celebrated poet, Simon Armitage, will give a talk and reading of his poems.

On Sunday there will be a full day tour to Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salibury, as well as a morning service at Stinsford Church, an afternoon walk round 'Casterbridge' with the Town Crier and COM member Alistair Chisholm and then entertainment by the New Hardy Players at Max Gate in the evening.

Our weekday programme consists of morning lectures; afternoon tours and walks, as well asCall for Papers sessions, seminars etc.; and entertainments in the evenings.

A Provisional Programme for the Conference is available from the Hardy Society office. Contact via

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