Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Townsend Warner: Wessex Writers
From Saturday 10th February 2024 until Sunday 11th February 2024
Starts 09:30 until 17:00
Dorchester Library, South Walks House, Charles St, Dorchester DT1 1EE

Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Townsend Warner: Wessex WritersA Joint Study Weekend between the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society and Thomas Hardy Society

Although not born in Dorset, the author and poet Sylvia Townsend Warner, fell in love with the county when she visited Chaldon Herring and the surrounding area in the 1920s. A prolific writer of short stories she contributed to the New Yorker magazine for over 40 years. Her life in Chaldon Herring was very similar to the Bloomsbury Group as she was surrounded by artists and writers –her partner Valentine Ackland, the Powys family, Elizabeth and Hope Muntz, Stephen Tomalin, David Garnett, T.E.Lawrence and Augustus John. The weekend will consider Hardy and Warner's writing against the backdrop of a Wessex Landscape.

Speakers will include Professor Jan Montefiore, Professor Peter Swaab and Mark Damon Chutter.


  • £40 Non-Members

  • £35 Members

  • £30 Students

Please book tickets here:

There will be a three-course meal served in the evening in the Casterbridge Room, King’s Arms, Dorchester. Please book directly with the hotel.

Meal £35 in the evening please contact King’s Arms to book directly 01305 234 234.



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