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2014 Conference [Page]
Hardy Conference 2014

Going the Rounds 2019 [Event]
Led by Tim Laycock and The Madding Crowd – a walk recreating the route of The Mellstock Quire as described in Under the Greenwood Tree 

The Thomas Hardy London Lecture 2019 [Event]
7.30 pm: Birkbeck College, London. Lecturer: Dr Tracy Hayes.(The date for this lecture will not be definitely confirmed until September 2019).

About [Page]
The Thomas Hardy Society is an educational Charity founded in 1968 with the intention of promoting public knowledge and understanding of the life and works of the Dorset poet and novelist to anyone with an interest in Thomas Hardy anywhere in the world.

2018 Conference [Page]
Hardy Conference 2018

2016 Conference [Page]
Hardy Conference 2016

A Thomas Hardy Autumn Walk [Event]
A walk through the countryside of The Trumpet-Major and 'The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion'

Terence Stamp to speak [News]
How could one ever forget the seminal 1967 John Schlesinger movie of Far from the Madding Crowd, and its star-studded cast:

Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2019 [News]
This year’s Patrick Tolfree essay competition, open to students of any academic level over the age of 18 and living anywhere in the world.

Call for Contributions: “HARDY NOW” [Page]
For its autumn 2019 issue, the Thomas Hardy Journal – publication of the Thomas Hardy Society – invites contributions to a forum on the subject of “HARDY NOW”.

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Far From the Madding Crowd - THS Study Day 2019 [Event]
2019 will mark the 145th anniversary of the publication of Far From the Madding Crowd.

50th Anniversary Festival [News]
The Thomas Hardy Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Festival and International Conference from 14th - 21st July 2018

Journal Cover Design Competition [News]
The THS wishes to give the journal a bolder, brighter, more modern look, and to this end is launching a competition for a brand new cover design open to anyone over the age of 18.

179th Anniversary of Hardy's Birth [Event]
Morning Service at St Michael’s Church, Stinsford. Preacher: Revd. Pene Kennedy.

A Hardy Larkin Weekend [Event]
A joint study weekend with the Philip Larkin Society with talks by experts from both societies and walks, including a reconstruction of Larkin’s 1976 visit to Dorchester with Monica Jones.

The 'Casterbridge' Walk [Event]
This is a two-hour walk led by Dorchester's own Town Crier Alistair Chisholm. Beginning at the Town Pump it will take in various 'Casterbridge' sites

Timeline [Page]
Timeline

Far From the Madding Crowd [Event]
Celebrating film and fiction in Wessex, and especially the Far From the Madding Crowd films of 1967 and 2015, this tour led by the THS's Sue Clarke

Lock 'em up! [Event]
Shire Hall Courthouse Museum, newly refurbished, recently re-opened to the public. It was here that Thomas Hardy served as a magistrate between 1884 and 1919

Exploring Egdon Heath [Event]
Led by Joy Wallace and Wendy Barter Smee this is an opportunity to get into the countryside beyond Hardy's Cottage and listen to Hardy's poems

Thomas Hardy's Reredos [Event]
A day trip to Windsor led by the THS's Helen Lange, this will incorporate a visit to All Saint's Church to study the reredos designed by Hardy

The Fiddler of the Reels [Event]
A tour led by Dr Tony Fincham, this will be a musical exploration of the territory where Mop Ollamoor exercised his acoustic magnetism over Car'line Aspent:

The Strange House [Event]
A walk from the United Church, Dorchester, to Max Gate where John Hayes (National Trust house manager) will give a talk about the house

Thomas Hardy Country Fair [Event]
Thomas Hardy Country Fair at Kingston Maurward from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 15th July 2018

A walk around Jude's 'Shaftesbury' [Event]
What have a stonemason from Fawley, 4 obscure teachers, 2 Shastonians (one fictional), 3 Kings, a Saxon Nunnery, 27 pubs

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The Old Neighbour and the New [Event]
Tony Fincham will be joined by Thomas Hardy and William Barnes experts Alistair Chisholm and Brian Caddy for a 2.5 mile walk in Hardy's footsteps across the fields to Winterborne Came Church

The Thomas Hardy Society Essay Competition [News]
Calling all Y10 and 11 and A-level English Literature students!

A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy's War [Event]
The portrait is of Agatha Cox 'Her on whom I thought when I wrote Tess'. She married Hamo Thorneycroft, the sculptor, in 1884 and thus became the aunt of Sigfried Sassoon.

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Links to Societies promoting Thomas Hardy

Short stories [Page]
Short stories

The Glass Aisle [Event]
Poet/Singer/Songwriter BBC Presenter Paul Henry will read from his acclaimed collections 'The Brittle Sea' and 'A Boy Running'

How Hardy Frames His Texts [Event]
Dr Mary Rimmer, University of New Brunswick, Canada

A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day [News]
A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day: Thomas Hardy Society Study day Programme

Safeguarding Hardy's Heritage [News]
How much longer will the area around Hardy's birthplace remain if we do not take steps to ensure its survival?

Exhibition Concept Developer - Thomas Hardy, Wessex Museums Partnership [News]
As part of our National Portfolio Organisation programme, the Wessex Museums Partnership will deliver a major exhibition on the life and work of Thomas Hardy in the summer of 2021

D-Day for Dorchester by Alistair Chisholm [News]
The S.T.A.N.D (Save The Area North of Dorchester) coordinating group is gathering together the various challenges to the development of this site

Life [Page]
Thomas Hardy

Hardy and Valentine's Day by Tracy Hayes [Page]
The most famous instance of a Valentine appearing in Hardy's works is of course the chapter 'Sortes Sanctorum' in Far From the Madding Crowd.

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