Jamie McKendrick, an acclaimed poet and critic, and Virginia Astley, Writer-in-Residence at Hardy's Cottage will read and discuss their work, and the influence of Hardy's poetry with Dr Tony Fincham.
Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955, and lives in Oxford where he teaches and reviews poetry and the visual arts for a number of newspapers and magazines. He is the author of six collections of poetry, winner of the Southern Arts LIterature Award, shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and Whitbread Poetry Award and winner of the Hawthornden Prize.
Virginia Astley is a songwriter and poet and author of the award winning collection of poems, The Curative Harp. Hardy's works have always inspired Virginia, and she has recently been selected as writer-in-residence at Thomas Hardy's Cottage where she will teach creative writing and explore the influence of the landscape on contemporary writers.
Tony Fincham is Vice President and former Chairman of the Thomas Hardy Society. He has been studying Hardy's Landscape for 40 years and is the author of Exploring Thomas Hardy's Wessex.
Friday 20th October 2.00pm
Congratulations to the whole Lit Fest team. I am glad it has been such a well-deserved success! The huge effort put into it is very clear to see, it is great when that is acknowledged and rewarded! We have been very happy to host the event -we are all very proud to be involved with the Lit Fest...
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
I don't think you could improve on the experience! Good luck with your plans for 2017 and I wish you all the very best.
All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.
You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.
Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great event. Well done to both of you, fantastic event.
Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.