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
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
Going from strength to strength, well done!
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.
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.
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.
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.