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. contact us.
Mark Chutter, Chairman and Academic Director
The Thomas Hardy Society
c/o Kingston Maurward College
Dorset DT2 8PY