Thomas Hardy Society Birthday Weekend
From Saturday 1st June 2024 until Sunday 2nd June 2024
Starts 11:00 until 20:00
The Kings Arms, 30 High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF

Thomas Hardy Birthday WeekendThe Saturday will start at 11am with a walk by Mark Damon Chutter called ‘Victorian Dorchester and Hardy’. This will be followed by the Birthday Lecture from 3-4:30pm by Dr Roshan Doug (in the Casterbridge Room at the King’s Arms).

We will then have the laying of the wreath at Hardy’s Statue from 5pm, followed by a wreath laying at the statue of William Barnes.

There will then be served a three-course meal (booking essential) at the Casterbridge Room, King’s Arms, Dorchester. £35 for three-course meal - please contact the King;’s Arms, Dorchester 01305 238238
On the Sunday there will be a 10am service at Stinsford Church.

Dr Roshan Doug is a British writer and academic. He is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate appointed in 2000. He has also been an INSET poet for the Poetry Society of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Birthday Lecture

  • Tickets: £10

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