A celebration of Hardy's 179th birthday

Hardy's Birthday Celebration Weekend - Satires of Circumstance

Saturday 1st June - Sunday 2nd June

Saturday 1st June 10.30 am: A Mellstock Poems Walk Led by Tony Fincham.
Meet at Thorncombe Wood Car Park (NGR SY724922) for a gentle four mile walk through the heart of Hardy Country from ‘the lonely barton by yonder coomb’ over the eweleaze to Knapwater House and on to Stinsford Church, returning via Lower Mellstock and across Egdon Heath, via Rushy Pond to finish at Hardy’s Cottage. Lunch will be available afterwards at the Visitor Centre. Frequent pauses en route to read poems, at the places which inspired them.

4.30 pm: The Birthday Lecture Dr Faysal Mikdadi: ‘Hardy in Translation’.
The Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester. Dr Mikdadi is the new Academic Director of the Hardy Society. Members £5 (Non-members £6)
6.00 pm: Buffet Supper – at The Town Hall. Members £8 (Non-members £10).
7.00 pm: Satires of Circumstance: Tatterdemalion will perform favourite poems from Satires of Circumstance, interspersed with additional music to enhance and complement the readings. Tatterdemalion, an integral part of the New Hardy Players, are a popular local ceilidh band, playing their arrangements of traditional dance tunes selected from the Hardy family and Benjamin Rose tune-books. Members £8 (Non-members £10).

Sunday 2nd June 179th Anniversary of Hardy’s Birth
10.00 am: Morning Service at St Michael’s Church, Stinsford. Preacher: Revd. Pene Kennedy; followed by a wreath-laying at Hardy’s grave.
11.30 am: Walk from Stinsford to Dorchester. Led by Mrs Helen Lange; in Dorchester both High East Street & High West Street will be closed to motor vehicles for a Thomas Hardy Country Fair.
1.00 pm: Wreath-laying ceremony at Hardy’s Statue at Top-o’-Town; followed by one at William Barnes’ statue.

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