Thomas Hardy Society

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. It is a Society as much for the lay-enthusiast as the scholar, student or general reader.

The Society is run by a Council of Management, which meets regularly in Dorchester, and has an office in the Dorset County Museum, staffed by volunteers. The Council of Management organizes an ongoing Programme of Events including regular lectures, concerts, poetry readings and guided walks through Hardy’s Wessex. Every year a special Birthday Weekend celebration is held on the weekend closest to Hardy’s Birthday (June 2nd); here, amongst other events, on the Saturday Dorchester Town Council pay tribute to their most famous citizen and on the Sunday a special service is held in Hardy’s home church at Stinsford.

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  • Going from strength to strength, well done!

    Polly Greenway, Domvs
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester. 

    Christina Hicks
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  • Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.

    Catherine Mayer
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  • 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!

    Penrose Halson
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    Tracy Chevalier
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.

    Edwina Toone
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