The Thomas Hardy Society was founded in 1968 to promote understanding and appreciation of the life and works of the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).
One of the largest literary societies in the world, the Thomas Hardy Society is a community of general readers and enthusiasts as well as students and academics.
Based in Dorchester, the Society organises a lively programme of public engagement and academic events including lectures, Study Days, guided walks through Hardy’s Wessex and in London and elsewhere, concerts, poetry readings, and more. With an international membership, three journals a year, a biennial festival and conference, and strong links to other organisations promoting Hardyan themes, the Thomas Hardy Society acts as a hub for the education and enjoyment of anyone with an interest in Thomas Hardy.
|"At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;"
The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy
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The Thomas Hardy Society is an educational charity supported solely by volunteers. The Society is based in Dorchester where the Council of Management meets six times a year. Details of the Annual General Meeting, to which anyone is welcome, are sent through the Society’s usual channels in good time. News and upcoming events are promoted in e-newsletters and journals and on social media such as Facebook and Twitter in addition to this website. For further details please contact us.
THS Office 01305 251501
The office is staffed by volunteers several days a week. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.
If it’s urgent then please ring THS Secretary Dr Tracy Hayes on 07867 666 737