A Joint Society Day Hosted by the Thomas Hardy Society and the T.E. Lawrence Society
Saturday 1st April 2023
Starts 10:00 until 17:00
The Town Hall, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence - Their Friendship and Milieu

A Joint Society Day Hosted by the Thomas Hardy Society and the T.E. Lawrence Society

Saturday 1st April, 10.00am at the Town Hall in the Corn Exhange Building, Dorchester

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A day of lectures, panels and interactive workshops, this is a joint society event focussing on the friendships, influences and milieu of both Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence. Introduced to each by Robert Graves, Lawrence became a valued friend and frequent visitor at Max Gate. Famously he was the only guest at the house that Wessex the Terrier didn't attempt to bite! Lawrence was devastated by Hardy's death, and remained a close friend of Florence Hardy until his own death. 


9.30am - Registration

10.00am - Welcome from the THS Chairman and the TELS Chairman

10.15-11.15 - Panel Session: Vance Wood - 'Thomas Hardy'; Marilyn Holehouse - 'T.E. Lawrence'; Martin Gething - 'Hardy and Lawrence Connections'

11.15-11.30 - Morning Break

11.30-12.30 - Mark Chutter - 'Hardy and Lawrence at Max Gate'

12.30-1.30 - Lunch

1.30-2.30 - Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson - 'Friendships with Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves'

2.30-3.00 - Interactive Seminar: Mark Chutter - 'Florence and Lawrence: The Letters'

3.00-3.30 - Afternoon Break

3.30-4.30 - Speaker Q&A Panel

4.30 - Wine Reception

A restaurant will be booked for those who would like to meet for dinner in the evening.

Tickets cost: £40 or £20 for unwaged/students. This includes talks, refreshments, a buffet lunch and the wine reception.

Please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thomas-hardy-and-te-lawrence-their-friendship-and-milieu-tickets-522538044357

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact THS Secretary - Dr Tracy Hayes - info@hardysociety.org



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