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Alan Johnson - Thomas Hardy and My Life in Books [Event]
A Special Talk for the Thomas Hardy Society Conference 2021

An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Professor Mark Ford [Event]
An Event for the Thomas Hardy Society 2021 Conference and Festival

Reading the Signs by Jim Potts [News]
A new book of poetry featuring Dorset

Woman Much Missed - Book Launch at Waterstones [Event]
The New Book by Professor Mark Ford on Hardy, Emma and Poetry

THS Poetry Competition [News]
Win a Thomas Hardy cloth-bound classic, join us in-store to celebrate Thomas Hardy's 184th Birthday

Poetry on the Lawn at Max Gate [Event]
Poetry, Story and Song with the New Hardy Players

'Thomas Hardy's Pure English' [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Lecture by Dr Gregory Tate

Stourhead House and Gardens Trip [Event]
Tucked away in the books in a library at Stourhead are the letters and postcards that map the 25-year friendship between Lady Alda Hoare and the great man of literature Thomas Hardy.

Hardy and Modern Poetry - The Dorchester Literary Festival [Event]
This event will take place at Duke's Auctioneers in Brewery Square, Dorchester, as part of the Dorchester Literary Festival.

'Hardy's Subjunctive Mood' [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Lecture by Professor Tim Armstrong

An Evening of Hardy Music and Poetry [Event]
A performance on harp and flute by Florence and Virginia Astley

Strings Forever! [Event]
An Evening of Music from the Hardy Songbook

‘Woman much missed’: The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry [Event]
An Online Talk for Wessex Museums

Neutral Tones: Song Settings of the Poetry of Thomas Hardy [Page]
An album by Gordon Thompson

'Voices From Home: A Poetry Performance in Dialect' [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Presentation by Dr Alan Chedzoy

An Evening of Poetry with Pascale Petit [Event]
A Thomas Hardy Society 2021 Conference Event

The Folio Society - Collected Poems by Thomas Hardy [News]
Selected and introduced by Robert Macfarlane, Illustrated by Stanley Donwood

Unlocking Thomas Hardy – opening up the finest Hardy archive in the world [News]
July 2023 - Urgent fundraising appeal

Dorset Voices - Sue Worth with the New Hardy Players [Event]
A Celebration of Dorset in Poetry, Song and Story-Telling

Pascale Petit - Tiger Girl [News]
A new poetry collection

Thomas Hardy Lecture Series [Event]
Free Lectures Hosted by Mirthy Online Community

Tess's Folk Songs - A Musical Evening with James Findlay and Jerry Bird ***THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT*** [Event]
A Hardy Birthday Weekend Event ***THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT***

Students Seek to Emulate Hardy [News]
The National Trust presents awards to student winners of the Thomas Hardy Young Poetry Prize

Dead Poets Live return to Wilton's to tell the ghost story of Thomas Hardy's love poetry. [Event]
Every bereavement is a kind of ghost story. When Thomas Hardy’s wife Emma died unexpectedly in 1912, her loss unstoppered a flood of poetry in Hardy.

Dorset Seasons Recital Series 2023 [News]
Music set to Poetry by Hardy and other Dorset Folk by Matteo Placidi

McCarthy Stone Thomas Hardy Poetry Competition [News]
Win £150 Book Vouchers!

Dalloway Day Event [Event]
Come and celebrate Virginia Woolf and her acclaimed 1925 novel, Mrs Dalloway, with an evening of lively discussion and a film screening.

Thomas Hardy Birthday Weekend 2023 [Event]
Hardy, Dorchester and World War I

Crossing the Genres: Finding Thomas Hardy [Event]
A Talk by Peter Tait

Crossing the Genres: Finding Thomas Hardy by Peter Tait [Event]
A Wine With Words Talk for the Sherborne Literary Society

'A Dorset Year: The Poetry and Prose of William Barnes and Thomas Hardy' [Event]
Beckley and Area Community Benefit Society

A competition in honour of one who tirelessly promoted education and personal creativity

The Longing of Thomas Hardy and Edward Thomas [Event]
A Lecture by Suzanne Conway

THS London Lecture 2021 - Professor Mark Ford [Event]
Professor Mark Ford - 'Four Poems About London by Hardy'

Wessex Love Songs - Created by Arthur Keegan [News]
Celebrating Hardy's Poetry and Music

Wessex Superstitions [Event]
A Talk for Wessex Museums by Owen Davies

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 Review of the Inspired By Thomas Hardy Poetry Anthologies [News]
By Richard House - Self & Society: An International Journal for Humanistic Psychology

'Thomas Hardy Sends an Email' [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Evening of Poetry with Alison Brackenbury

Thomas Hardy Poetry Workshops in Schools [News]
THS Academic Director Dr Faysal Mikdadi leads Hardy poetry workshops in schools across England

Tatterdemalion and Tim Laycock - 'Satires of Circumstance' [Event]
A Musical Performance of a Treasured Volume of Hardy Poetry for the Thomas Hardy Society Conference and Festival 2021

Where the Picnic Was with a Musical Accompaniment by Gary Cunliffe [Page]
A sublime poetry reading experience

Short stories [Page]
Short stories

The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry [Event]
The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry

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

Wyvern - Word Takes Wing [Event]
An original folk drama drawing on the notebooks of Thomas Hardy

Inspired by Thomas Hardy: An Anthology of Students' Poems 2019 [News]
A beautiful collection of original works by students passionate about emulating Hardy

The New Hardy Players present Sonnets, Songs and Wine [Event]
An evening of poetry accompanied by music, song and dance

Hardy's Birthday Weekend Celebrations [Event]
A celebration of Hardy's 179th birthday

Inspired by Thomas Hardy - An Anthology of Students’ Works 2020 [News]
The latest anthology of work inspired by Hardy - edited by Dr Faysal Mikdadi

Faysal Mikdadi Poetry Competition Winner [News]
Winner announced of the Faysal Mikdadi Poetry Competition - Clare Marsh

In Memory of Dr Faysal Mikdadi [News]
Commemorating the Loss of a Very Special Individual

R.I.P. Dr Jack Schwarz - Passionate Hardyan [News]
Donation to the THS in honour of Dr Jack Schwarz

When I set out for Lyonnesse [Event]
When I set out for Lyonnesse, One hundred and fifty years ago. A celebration of Thomas Hardy’s first visit to Cornwall in March 1870

Thomas Hardy Poetry Group Goes Online [News]
A successful move from physical to virtual appreciation.

I’d always liked the carols that evoked a winter landscape, such as “The Holly and the Ivy”, “Good King Wenceslas” and “In the Deep Midwinter”, so began to think about poems that were also redolent of the season.

A History of English Poesy [Page]
An original poem by Edward Black

Far From the Madding Crowd at The Redgrave Theatre [Event]
A new production by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Adaptations [Page]
Original Creations in Dedication to the Hardy Canon

Poem Commentaries [Page]
Poem Commentaries

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

Links [Page]
Links to Societies promoting Thomas Hardy

THOMAS HARDY AND SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER STUDY WEEKEND IN DORCHESTER, 10-11 FEBRUARY 2024. The study weekend organised jointly by the Thomas Hardy Society and Sylvia Townsend Warner Society, led off on Saturday 10th Feb with a day-long mini-conference in the Learning Room of Dorchester Library

Wreath-Laying at Stinsford on the 93rd Anniversary of Thomas Hardy's Death [News]
Today due to lockdown we were unable to provide the usual service and wreath-laying ceremony with poetry readings which mark the anniversary of Hardy's passing.

Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner [Event]
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner

Mary and Kate Hardy: Salisbury, Wessex and Beyond [Event]
A THS Conference Book Signing and Q&A with authors Ann Johns and Jenny Head

Journals [Page]
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.

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

Christmas in the Courtroom [Event]
A dramatic and musical celebration of Yuletide

Life [Page]
Thomas Hardy

Westminster Abbey Wreath-Laying [Event]
Wreath-Laying at Poet's Corner on the 92nd Anniversary of Hardy's Death

In the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy [Event]
Join us for A Walk Around Dorchester in the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy

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

Rites of Way with Thomas Hardy [Event]
Event Launch in conjunction with the Thomas Hardy Society

Call for Papers: 'Green Hardy' [News]
FATHOM (French Association for Thomas Hardy Studies) Seeks Submissions

Thomas Hardy Society Wreath Laying Service [Event]
Thomas Hardy Society Wreath Laying Service

Westminster Abbey Wreath-Laying 2023 [Event]
Remember the 95th Anniversary of Hardy's Passing

A Day Trip to Cornwall [Event]
An excursion led by Dr Tony Fincham and Professor Jane Thomas of the THS, Sunday 15th July, 8.30am, to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the publication of A Pair of Blue Eyes.

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

Dorchester Literary Festival | A Walk Around Dorchester in the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy [Event]
Dorchester Literary Festival | A Walk Around Dorchester in the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy

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.

Thomas Hardy and the Influence of Conflict [Event]
At Dorset Museum with Kate Adie, Phillip Mallett and Tai-Chun Ho

A London Walk and Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying [Event]
Meet at Waterloo Station on the War Memorial Steps (main entrance) for an exploration of Hardy’s London – from the West End to Bloomsbury and St. Pancras Old Churchyard

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.

The Beginning - A Joint Conference Between the Dylan Thomas Society and the Thomas Hardy Society [Event]
The Beginning - A Joint Conference Between the Dylan Thomas Society and the Thomas Hardy Society

The Awkward Squad - The New Hardy Players [Page]
'The Awkward Squad', from the 2018 production of The Trumpet-Major

A Friendship Beyond Belief [Event]
Two Dorset Poets William Barnes and Thomas Hardy - Alan Amos is something of a poet himself, which makes him keenly interested in these two Dorset poets.

Dorchester Heritage Open Day - Free Guided walk: Thomas Hardy [Event]
Dorchester Heritage Open Day - Free Guided walk: Thomas Hardy

In Praise [Page]
An Original Poem by Jon B. Stobbart

FAQ [Page]
Frequently Asked Questions about Thomas Hardy

Time will say nothing but ‘I told you so’ [Event]
The torment of accursed time in Hardy’s Wessex - THS London Lecture

A Hardy Postcard Collection in Virginia [Page]
Joyce Hurt Teaches Hardy in America

'Great Things' and 'The Oxen' [Page]
Original Settings of Two Hardy Poems by John Whittaker

A Hardy Walk Around Fordington [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Event

'Great Things' by Mark Chutter [Page]
Revisiting THS Memories During Lockdown

Stinsford and North Dorchester Walk [Event]
In conjunction with STAND (Save the Area North of Dorchester)

Thomas Hardy Landscape Walk [Event]
National Trust August Walks

Thomas Hardy's Dorchester [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Event

Sharing a Wedding Anniversary with Hardy [Page]
John and Maureen Currie travelled from the U.S. to share their 36th Anniversary with Hardy!

Rites of Way With Mr Hardy [Event]
Event Launch in conjunction with the Thomas Hardy Society

Unsung Heroes of HardyLand - Mike Nixon [Page]
A series celebrating the individuals who work behind the scenes to provide us with unique Hardyan experiences.

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

Outer Casterbridge: Hardy and History Walk [Event]
A Hardy Birthday Weekend Walk to Coincide with the Platinum Jubilee

Thomas Hardy Creativity Competition [News]
A Student Competition in Conjunction with the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair

CAITLIN by Mike Kenny [Event]
Before the poet Dylan Thomas died at the tender age of 39, he and his wife Caitlin boozed, binged and brawled their way through the bars of Britain in the 1930’s

Hardy and Lockdown by Tracy Hayes [Page]
Hardy and Lockdown

Thomas Hardy Confidential [Event]
A fascinating fresh appreciation of a great writer and the people and places he immortalised.

Twenty-Fourth International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival - 2021 [Event]
The rescheduled conference IS STILL GOING AHEAD!

The Late Justin Barnard Charitable Art Exhibition [News]
THS Benefactor's Art to Raise Money for Charity

What I Really Think of My Husband [Event]
What I Really Think of My Husband examines the life of one of the most celebrated British writers of all times; from the tortuous nature of the man himself, the trials and tribulations of his two wives, Emma and Florence, to the legacy of his literary genius.

Tess, a feminist vision of Thomas Hardy's classic novel [Event]
Tess uses the original text combined with the physical language of circus, allowing the performers to retell the well-known story of power, loss and endurance through a feminist lens.

A Walk Through Hardy's Heartland [Event]
A guided walk through Hardy's heartland led by THS expert Susan Clarke

New Publications: Objects in Hardy and Conrad [News]
The French Association for Thomas Hardy Studies (FATHOM) has the pleasure to announce the publication in FATHOM, the French e-journal of Thomas Hardy studies, of its latest issue on "Objects in Hardy and Conrad".

Fordington Vicarage [Page]
St. Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, was given Salisbury Field by his royal uncle, William the Conqueror, in the 11th century. Fordington vicarage was built in 1222 and demolished in 1971 to make way for social housing.

William Barnes and Thomas Hardy: Study Day [Event]
The Barnes Society and the `Thomas Hardy Society are pleased to present a joint study day on Saturday 26th October

Inspired by Thomas Hardy - Students' Poetry Workshops [News]
An article published in Dorset Year Book 2020

Thomas Hardy Society Birthday Weekend [Event]
Thomas Hardy Society Birthday Weekend

The Thomas Hardy Birthday Weekend [News]
A report and pictures by Richard Franklin

Thomas Hardy: A Beginner's Guide [Page]
Thomas Hardy: A Beginner's Guide

Outer Casterbridge: Hardy and History [Event]
A Festival of Archaeology Walk led by Mark Chutter

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

Call For Papers: The Twenty-Sixth International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival [News]
The deadline for the 2024 Thomas Hardy International Conference and Festival Call for Papers has been extended to February 1st. Please note that any postgraduate student whose proposal is successful will be able to apply to the Society for a bursary.

On the Cusp of Change [Event]
Ann Davidson with Newbury Dramatic Society - WESSEX AND HARDY: on the cusp of change. The essence of Hardy’s loves and passions, his regrets and melancholy is captured here in a skilfully written new play by Ann Davidson

Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Thomas Hardy's Tomb [News]
In a poignant annual tradition, a gathering of some dozens assembled at Westminster Abbey on the 13th of January to pay homage to Thomas Hardy, whose ashes, along with a sprinkling of Wessex soil, rest in Poets’ Corner.

Best and Worst Poems of Thomas Hardy [Page]
A Blog by Thomas Tyrrell on Hardy's Poetic Oeuvre

Thomas Hardy Society Conference 2010 Report by Brenda Parry [Page]
Brenda's highlights of the 2010 Conference

Settings for Baritone and Piano by John Whittaker [Page]
'When I Set Out From Lyonesse', 'Weathers', 'In the Small Hours' and 'The Voice'

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

Mr Hardy - Stories That Take You Into the Heart of Nature [News]
The Rites of Way With Mr Hardy Project

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

Thomas Hardy and Religion at Sarum College [Event]
A Day Course Led by Richard Franklin

Jumping the turnstiles of Chance and Coincidence [News]
Laying the Wreath of Prayers at Westminster Abbey…

A Thomas Hardy Society Book Review by Dr Tracy Hayes

Revised THS Programme 2020 [News]
A revised programme in light of Covid-19.

A Tribute to Professor Rosemarie Morgan [News]
R.I.P. Colleague, Mentor, Friend

2019 [Page]
Minutes from the 2019 AGM and details of Accounts

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.

A Hardy Family History Research Trip [Page]
Val Weedon researches her family connections to Thomas Hardy

What is Learning? [Page]
An article written for the London Progressive Journal by THS Academic Director Dr Faysal Mikdadi

Unsung Heroes of HardyLand - Margaret Marande [Page]
A series celebrating the individuals who work behind the scenes to provide us with unique Hardyan experiences.

The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival [Event]
The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival

A THS Message [News]
News from the Chairman and Secretary

Obituary for Helga Schulz [News]
A Dedication to a Life-Long Lover of Hardy

New online resource to explore fashion in Thomas Hardy’s writing [News]
The new film version of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd feeds into the ongoing fascination for fashion depicted in classic novels and their modern adaptations for TV and film. A new online facility has been developed by the University of Exeter and Dorset County Museum to catalogue referen

A Thomas Hardy Christmas Quiz! [News]
Hardy 100 Years Ago - by Rod Drew

Time, Memory and Emotion in The Trumpet-Major - Andrew Hewitt [Page]
Time, Memory and Emotion in The Trumpet-Major

Thomas Hardy: Wessex Love Songs [Event]
Music in Country Churches - Minchinhampton

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.

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.

The Thomas Hardy Archives at the DHC [News]
The raw materials of research and discovery

The Trumpet-Major: A Happy Wessex Pastoral Romance or a Clumsy Historical Narrative? - Faysal Mikdadi [Page]
The Trumpet-Major: A Happy Wessex Pastoral Romance or a Clumsy Historical Narrative?

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.

A Modern Hardy Pilgrimage by Nancy Powell [News]
As published in The Belting Zodiac

Hardy and Gothic Wessex [Event]
A Weekend Conference Featuring Dorset's Darker Side!

Save Our Dorchester, Save Your County Town! [News]
Stop the development of 4000 on the Water Meadows!

Hardy's Silly Soldiers - Tracy Hayes [Page]
Hardy's Silly Soldiers

The Dynasts Study Day [Page]
The Dynasts is indeed both a rattling good history by a melioristic pacifist and a work of epic proportions!

2019 THS Study Day [Page]
2019 marked the 145th anniversary of the publication of Far From the Madding Crowd

The Short Stories of Thomas Hardy Chapter 4: Death, Dying and the Macabre [Page]
By Patrick Tolfree

A Lully of Voices [Event]
'A Lully of Voices': Haunting Echoes in Walter de la Mare and Thomas Hardy

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