Hardy Today Poetry Jamie McKendrick and Virginia Astley

Unfortunately Tom Paulin has had to withdraw from the festival but in his place we are honoured to have the highly acclaimed prize winning poet Jamie McKendrick, who will be discussing Hardy's influence on his work and reading his poems in conversation with Writer-In-Residence at Hardy's Cottage Virginia Astley and Dr Tony Fincham.

Janet Gleeson: 25th Aug 2017 12:35:00

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I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it... Rob Ryan
Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.Catherine Mayer
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format.Great audience , acoustics...Tracy Chevalier
We really enjoyed the talks we attended...and look forward to next year's event...Kate Adie was brilliantG Farmlloe
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We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant

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Feedback From 2015 Festival

Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...

Tracy Chevalier
Feedback From 2015 Festival

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.

Mike Nixon, Thomas Hardy Society
Feedback From 2016 Festival

I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).

Elisabeth Luard
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Thanks for the invitation to Dorchester- most enjoyable (and an appreciative audience) with the added bonus of meeting Lynne Truss!

James Le Fanu
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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.

Janet Evans
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