When I set out for Lyonnesse, One hundred and fifty years ago. A celebration of Thomas Hardy’s first visit to Cornwall in March 1870

When I set out for Lyonnesse 

Ticket Price for the THS Cornwall Weekend, including Dinner on the Friday and Lunch and Dinner on Saturday: £85 for THS members (£100 for non-THS members).

The Boscastle Community Minibus will be available to take participants to the hall on Saturday evening and to St Juliot (and Tintagel) as necessary. Fare by donation.



Accommodation is available at the Wellington Hotel @ £60 per night for a single room and £100 for a double / twin. Please book direct with the hotel on 01840 250202 or email: info@wellingtonhotelboscastle.com
For alternative accommodation please contact Boscastle Visitors’ Centre on 01840 250010.

Friday 6th March

10.30 am Walk: Meet at St Juliot Church for an eight-mile A Pair of Blue Eyes and Poems of 1912-13 walk led by Alban O’Brien & Tony Fincham to the Old Rectory, Windy Beak, Beeny Cliff, The Cliff without a Name, descending to Boscastle Harbour (lunch stop) and returning to St Juliot Church up the Valency Valley. Some steep gradients.

5.30 pm Lecture: Joan Passey, (University of Bristol),
‘“A delightful place to be buried in”: Thomas Hardy’s Gothic Cornwall’.

The Tower Room, The Wellington Hotel.

7.00 pm Celebration Dinner: The Wellington Hotel; followed by poetry and prose readings.

Saturday 7th March

150th anniversary of Hardy’s first arrival at St Juliot

9.30 am Lecture: Dr Gemma Goodman, (Exeter University), 'Off-Wessex: Hardy, Cornwall and A Pair of Blue Eyes'

11.30 am Visit to The Old Rectory, including Cornish Pasty lunch. (By kind invitation of Chris and Sally Searle).

3.00 pm Talk on Boscastle in the 1870s by Anne Knight, Boscastle Archivist. 4.00 pm Talk & Film: ‘The Face at The Casement’ by Barry West.

Both talks in the Tower Room, The Wellington Hotel.

6.30 for 7 pm: 1870s themed Supper
8.00 pm: Wyvern: ‘Words take wing’ -

‘Words take wing’ is a new folk-drama featuring readings, quotations, cameos and traditional music based on the notes in Thomas Hardy’s personal journals. These notes trace the origins of the inspirations for some of his novels and provide a fascinating insight into his thinking. Quotations from his books and poems, contemporary newspaper reports and Dorset music and songs arranged for violin, harp & concertina are woven together in this production. Re- searched and produced by Sophia Wright, it explores a new and charming dimension to Hardy’s writing, with stunning visual imagery bringing alive the atmosphere of 19th century Dorset.

The group Wyvern comprise Sophia Wright – Director (voice and guitar), Sarah Deere-Jones, (Harp, Voice, Concertina), Martin Stephen (Narrator), Phil Williams (Voice, Concertina, Melodeon, Guitar) & Steve Potter (fiddle). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oKUrDiMhGU

Sunday 8th March

9.30 am Two Short Presentations:

i. Andrew & Marilyn Leah on Emma Hardy’s The Maid on the Shore. ii. Tony Fincham on Howard Jacobson’s Peeping Tom.

The Tower Room, The Wellington Hotel.

11.00 am Morning Service at St Juliot Church. Preacher: Revd. Heather Aston, Priest in Charge of the Boscastle Group of Churches.

2.30 pm: Walk: Meet at Tintagel Church for a 4-mile walk to Trebarwith Strand and back, led by Tony Fincham and Chris Searle.
at Otterham & St Juliot Hall, Marshgate, PL32 9YW.

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