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50th Anniversary Festival [News]
The Thomas Hardy Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Festival and International Conference from 14th - 21st July 2018
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.
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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.
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.
A Thomas Hardy Autumn Walk [Event]
The Thomas Hardy Society Annual General Meeting. Details to follow in the New Year.
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.
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 Thomas Hardy Society Essay Competition [News]
Calling all Y10 and 11 and A-level English Literature students!
Thomas Hardy and Art [Event]
From the National Gallery’s Collection in 1851 to Hardy’s exploration of artistic themes in his poetry and prose
2018 Conference [Page]
Hardy Conference 2018
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.
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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'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.
A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day [News]
A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day: Thomas Hardy Society Study day Programme
2018 Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition [News]
Welcome to 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.
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.
Men Who March Away [Event]
Men Who March Away
A Lully of Voices [Event]
'A Lully of Voices': Haunting Echoes in Walter de la Mare and Thomas Hardy
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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.
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
Mrs Yeobrights Last Walk [Event]
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the publication of The Return of the Native.
Thomas Hardy Country Fair [Event]
Thomas Hardy Country Fair at Kingston Maurward from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 15th July 2018
The Hardy Players [Page]
New Hardy Players
Our Partners [Page]
Learn more about the Hardy Country initiative partners
Complete Texts of Thomas Hardy's Novels
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:
A Mellstock Poems Walk [Event]
Meet at Thorncombe Wood Car Park (NGR SY724922) for a gentle four mile walk through the heart of Hardy Country
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!
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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.
The Glass Aisle [Event]
Poet/Singer/Songwriter BBC Presenter Paul Henry will read from his acclaimed collections 'The Brittle Sea' and 'A Boy Running'
Hardy's Tess at Kingston Maurward [Event]
Hardy was born and lived most of his life within or next to the Kingston Maurward Estate.
The Hardys and the Suffragette Movement by Tracy Hayes [Page]
The Hardys and the Suffragette Movement
2016 Conference [Page]
Hardy Conference 2016
A Portland Tale by Sid Payne [News]
A PORTLAND TALE: A VIEW OF PARISH LIFE IN GEORGIAN ENGLAND. An historical novel by Sid Payne, based on 18th Century Dorset. Published by Olympia Press
Hardy's Wessex [Page]
Hidden Faces, Hidden Places [News]
Hidden Faces, Hidden Places: Stories behind Objects from the Thomas Hardy Archive
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
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
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.
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