The Town Hall Room, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HF
A Thomas Hardy Society Study Day
Saturday, 24 October 2020 at 10.00am
The Corn Exchange, Dorchester
Professor Mary Rimmer (University of New Brunswick)
Dr Faysal Mikdadi (THS Academic Director)
Jerry Bird (Folklore Society, Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society)
Andrew North (Military Historian) and Mark North (Dorset County Museum)
And a performance by the New Hardy Players
2020 will mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Trumpet-Major. Hardy classed it as one of his 'Romances and Fantasies', and it was much more warmly received by his contemporaries than its predecessor The Return of the Native. It has been described as a humorous, picturesque, romantic tale based on historical fact, one of a number of works Hardy wrote revolving around the Napoleonic Wars, including The Dynasts and a number of short stories. Containing passages of both hilarity and poignancy, it records the interruption into rural routine of a military presence readying itself for battle with Bonaparte, and how this impacts upon the lives of the Lovedays, the Garlands and the Derrimans.
THE TRUMPET-MAJOR – THS STUDY DAY PROGRAMME
9.15 – 10.00: Registration
10.00-10.15: Welcome and Announcements
10.15-11.15: Mary Rimmer, 'War and its “Public” in The Trumpet-Major'
11.15-11.30: Morning Tea Break
11.30-12.15: Faysal Mikdadi, 'The Trumpet-Major: A Happy Wessex Pastoral Romance or a Clumsy Historical Narrative?'
12.15-12.45: Mark and Andrew Worth, 'A Ridge in Wessex: South Dorset During the Napoleonic Wars'
12.45-1.15: The New Hardy Players – 'The Awkward Squad'
2.00-2.45: Jerry Bird, '“Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”: Songs From the French Wars'
2.45-3.15: Andrew Hewitt, 'Time, Memory and Emotion in The Trumpet-Major'
3.15-3.30: Afternoon Tea Break
3.30-4.00: Tracy Hayes, 'Hardy's Silly Soldiers'
4.00-4.30: Panel Discussion, 'The Trumpet-Major: Major or Minor'
4.30-5.30: Wine Reception
6.00: Thomas Hardy Society Annual General Meeting
Tickets are £20 or £10 for Students/Unwaged (to include all refreshments, a buffet lunch, and wine reception)
For any queries please contact THS Secretary Dr Tracy Hayes: email@example.com