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MARCH FOR DORCH! [Event]
Join us for a peaceful protest walk for STAND: Save The Area North of Dorchester.
Thomas Hardy Birthday Morning Church Service [Event]
A service at St. Michael's Church, Stinsford to commemorate Hardy's 180th Birthday
Christmas in the Courtroom [Event]
A dramatic and musical celebration of Yuletide
Festival of Archaeology at Max Gate [Event]
Explore Hardy's Interest in Archaeology with the National Trust
Under the Greenwood Tree - Everyman Theatre [Event]
Adapted from the classic novel by Thomas Hardy
How Hardy Frames His Texts [Event]
Dr Mary Rimmer, University of New Brunswick, Canada
The Thomas Hardy Society currently publishes three journals each year. Members of the Society receive print copies and/or electronic access, depending on their membership status. Journal contents are also published in digital format on ProQuest Literature Online.
[POSTPONED] The Trumpet-Major Study Day [Event]
Marking the 140th anniversary of the publication of Hardy's novel.
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.
Christmas in Mellstock [Event]
A weekend of Music and Song from the West Country as immortalised in the Poems and Novels of Thomas Hardy
Best and Worst Poems of Thomas Hardy [Page]
A Blog by Thomas Tyrrell on Hardy's Poetic Oeuvre
Purchase of New Hardy Letter [News]
The Thomas Hardy Society in conjunction with the Dorset History Centre have purchased a newly discovered letter by Hardy
Contact the Thomas Hardy Society
Summer 2019 Journal [News]
Thomas Hardy Society Summer 2019 Journal is now on our website. If you are a member you can login and read this amazing Journal.
Latest society news published by the Thomas Hardy Society
Thomas Hardy Society and STAND Walk (Save the Area North of Dorchester) [Event]
A walk across water-meadows and down-land under threat by developers
Secret portal pages
Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A New Production [Event]
A new adaptation by the Bradfordians Dramatic Society
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.
The Trumpet-Major Study Day CFP [News]
The Thomas Hardy Society Invites Presentation Proposals
Poetry Reading with Pascale Petit [Event]
A THS Conference Evening of Poetry and Conversation
2018 THS Conference [Page]
The Society’s 50th anniversary will be mainly focused on the Festival and Conference which will take place from 14th to 21st July.
A New Book Featuring Thomas Hardy and William Barnes [News]
A collection of short stories by Jim Potts
Inspired by Thomas Hardy: An Anthology of Students' Poems 2019 [News]
A beautiful collection of original works by students passionate about emulating Hardy
Thomas Hardy: Secrets and the Senses [Event]
A Thomas Hardy Society Conference Lecture by Professor Dame Gillian Beer
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.
Unveiling the new Hardy Memorial Stone at Westminster Abbey [News]
On Saturday 18th May the new Hardy Memorial stone was unveiled at Westminster Abbey, with a dedication by Professor Claire Tomalin
Commemorative Merchandise [News]
You may have noticed that we have designed a special logo for this year, celebrating 50 years of the Thomas Hardy Society.
The Thomas Hardy Society Writing Competition 2020 [News]
A essay/creative writing competition for all English Literature Students
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”.
Thomas Hardy Poems to Music [Page]
An Adaptation by Composer Laurence Hughes
Members Journals [Page]
Secret portal pages
Poetry Reading with Alison Brackenbury [Event]
A THS Conference Evening of Poetry and Conversation
'Love, praise, indifference, blame' [Event]
Phillip Mallett, University of St Andrews. This talk looks at some of the 150 or so poems Hardy wrote about his first wife, Emma, after her death in 1912.
Thomas Hardy and Art [Event]
From the National Gallery’s Collection in 1861 to Hardy’s exploration of artistic themes in his poetry and prose
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.
Men Who March Away [Event]
Men Who March Away
Merchandise and Publications
Conferences and Study Days
Hardy Today: Tim Pears in Conversation with Dr Tony Fincham [Event]
A Dorchester Literary Festival Event
A Lully of Voices [Event]
'A Lully of Voices': Haunting Echoes in Walter de la Mare and Thomas Hardy
Email log [Page]
Keep track of your communications
THS Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2020 [News]
'Hardy and the Anthropocene'
Students Seek to Emulate Hardy [News]
The National Trust presents awards to student winners of the Thomas Hardy Young Poetry Prize
Hardy and the Classroom [News]
Two recent events by Thomas Hardy Society members for teachers and students of nineteenth-century texts at GCSE Level
A Walk Through Hardy's Heartland [Event]
A guided walk through Hardy's heartland led by THS expert Susan Clarke
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?
R.I.P. Dr Jack Schwarz - Passionate Hardyan [News]
Donation to the THS in honour of Dr Jack Schwarz
The Face At The Casement [Event]
?Readings and Poems to be recited outside St. Clether Vicarage, the 17thC cottage which was home to William Sergant, Hardy's love rival for Emma Gifford.
Poetry Reading with Mark Ford [Event]
A THS Conference Evening of Poetry and Conversation
A Thomas Hardy Autumn Walk and AGM [Event]
A walk through the countryside of The Trumpet-Major and 'The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion', followed by refreshments and AGM.
The 2018 London Lecture [Event]
The 2018 London Lecture will be on Thursday 8th November, at Birkbeck College, in Malet Street.
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
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner [Event]
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner
Flawed Icons and Verbal Texts: Bibliographical Theory and the CUP Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy [Event]
A Thomas Hardy Society Conference Lecture by Professor Richard Nemesvari
Mrs Yeobrights Last Walk [Event]
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the publication of The Return of the Native.
The Three Wayfarers (Opera) [Page]
An Operatic Adaptation by John Whittaker
Thomas Hardy Country Fair [Event]
Thomas Hardy Country Fair at Kingston Maurward from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 15th July 2018
Important Thomas Hardy Correspondence Purchase [News]
Important letter will guarantee long-term access to Archives
The Hardy Players [Page]
New Hardy Players
Thomas Hardy Poetry Workshops in Schools [News]
THS Academic Director Dr Faysal Mikdadi leads Hardy poetry workshops in schools across England
Our Partners [Page]
Learn more about the Hardy Country initiative partners
The Hardys at Eton [Event]
An excursion to Eton College to view Thomas Hardy artefacts.
Complete Texts of Thomas Hardy's Novels
Cambridge Critical Edition of Thomas Hardy's Work [News]
Later this year, the first volumes of the critical edition of Hardy's novels and short stories will begin to appear from Cambridge University Press (CUP).
Checklist of Recent Hardy Publications [Page]
Checklist of Recent Hardy Publications
Unveililng of New Hardy Memorial Stone [Event]
Unveiling of New Hardy Memorial Stone by Claire Tomalin and Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey Saturday 18th May with Professor Claire Tomalin.
Reflections on Hardy and Notre Dame takes Patrick Tolfree Prize [News]
Student essay links Hardy's architectural writings with the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
International Hardy Fans Tour [News]
Keri Jones went on a walking tour that guided many international visitors around Shaftesbury and, surprisingly, our world-famous Gold Hill wasn’t on the itinerary!
Links to Societies promoting Thomas Hardy
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.
Hardy's Novels: Changing Times and Changing Readings [Event]
A THS Conference Lecture by Professor Mike Irwin
The Glass Aisle [Event]
Poet/Singer/Songwriter BBC Presenter Paul Henry will read from his acclaimed collections 'The Brittle Sea' and 'A Boy Running'
THS Birthday Lecture - 'Thomas Hardy and Education' [Event]
Birthday Weekend lecture given by Dr Jonathan Memel
The Hand of Ethelberta - A New Play [Page]
A dramatic adaptation by David Foulger
Thomas Hardy and My Life in Books [Event]
Alan Johnson Reminisces About Hardy and Literature
The Hardys and the Suffragette Movement by Tracy Hayes [Page]
The Hardys and the Suffragette Movement
The Thomas Hardy Society 2019 AGM and Accounts [Page]
Minutes from the 2019 AGM and details of Accounts
Wendy Cope OBE at the THS Festival and Conference [Event]
An Evening of Poetry and Wit!
Hardy's Tess at Kingston Maurward [Event]
Hardy was born and lived most of his life within or next to the Kingston Maurward Estate.
2016 THS Conference [Page]
Celebrating 130 years since the publication of The Mayor of Casterbridge
Stephen Poulter - An Obituary [News]
A Long-Time Thomas Hardy Devotee has Sadly Passed Away
Dr Hugh Epstein - The Nature of Awareness in Hardy's Fiction [Event]
The London Lecture at Birkbeck 2020
Hardy's Wessex Once Again Under Threat! [News]
The STAND Committee have uncovered a deception which could lead to 30 000 homes being built on top of Far From the Madding Crowd land.
Wyvern - Word Takes Wing [Event]
An original folk drama drawing on the notebooks of Thomas Hardy
Settings for Baritone and Piano by John Whittaker [Page]
'When I Set Out From Lyonesse' and 'Weathers'
Hardy's Wessex [Page]
Hardy's Birthday Weekend Celebrations [Event]
A celebration of Hardy's 179th birthday
Thomas Hardy Festival and Conference 2020 [Event]
The twenty-fourth International THS Conference and Festival
Celebrating 150 Years Since Hardy Met Emma Gifford [Page]
A trip to Cornwall in the footsteps of Hardy and Emma
[CANCELLED] Darkest Wessex: Hardy and the Gothic Short Story [Event]
A Hardy Country Series Lecture by Dr Tracy Hayes
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
Energy in Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad's Works [News]
Call for seminar proposals
Tea With Mr. Hardy [Event]
Tea with Thomas Hardy and Edmund Blunden at Max Gate during the THS Conference
Thomas Hardy altarpiece is returned to its original splendour [News]
Conservation work to the altarpiece designed by the novelist Thomas Hardy, that was uncovered at All Saints Church in Windsor in 2016, has been carried out by Cliveden Conservation. The altarpiece, which is made up of different types of stone, required various techniques and conservation materials.
Hardy and Shakespeare by Tracy Hayes [Page]
Thomas Hardy's relationship with Shakespeare began at a relatively early age. At 13, while attending Isaac Last's school, he had already read all of Shakespeare's tragedies
Thomas Hardy: A Beginner's Guide [Page]
Thomas Hardy: A Beginner's Guide
Hardy and St George's Day by Tracy Hayes [Page]
The 23rd of April is celebrated in England as St. George's Day, when Mummers perform the play of St George and the Dragon, and there is cider drinking and revelry.
One hundred letters sent to Thomas Hardy made public for the first time [News]
Thomas Hardy’s position as one of Britain’s preeminent writers meant he received thousands of letters from fans, friends and members of the public to express their admiration or enlist his support.
Inspired by Thomas Hardy - Students' Poetry Workshops [News]
An article published in Dorset Year Book 2020
Hardy/Larkin Conference Weekend [News]
A conference held at Kingston Maurward to celebrate Philip Larkin's birthday and the 70th anniversary of his Hardy pilgrimage
2019 THS Study Day [Page]
2019 will mark the 145th anniversary of the publication of Far From the Madding Crowd
Frequently Asked Questions about Thomas Hardy
What is Learning? [Page]
An article written for the London Progressive Journal by THS Academic Director Dr Faysal Mikdadi
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