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
I thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...
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.
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...