A Hardy and Larkin Weekend 9-11 August 2019

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A residential study weekend organised by the Thomas Hardy and Philip Larkin Societies at Kingston Maurward College, Stinsford, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8PY

Friday 9th August (97th anniversary of Larkin’s birth)
7.00 pm Welcome Drinks and Dinner
8.00 pm Lecture by Philip Pullen ‘Philip Larkin in Hardy’s Wessex’
followed by an informal poetry reading
Saturday 10th August
9.30 am Welcome tea and coffee
10.00 am Question Time on Hardy and Larkin, chaired by Andrew Hewitt
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.30 am Lecture by Christopher Ricks: ‘Hardy, Larkin and “a system of growing rhyme”‘
1.00 pm Buffet Lunch
2.15 pm A walk through Hardy’s Heartland – the Kingston Maurward Estate,
Lower Bockhampton and Stinsford Church, led by Susan Clarke;
with readings en route.
7.00 pm Dinner, Followed by a Hardy and Larkin Quiz

Sunday 11th August
9.30 am Welcome tea and coffee
10.00 am Lecture by Professor James Booth ‘Writing Home’
11.15 am Brunch
12.15 pm Meet at The Town Pump, South Street, Dorchester for a walk around
Hardy’s Dorchester led by Alistair Chisholm, the Dorchester Town
Crier, and Tony Fincham ending at
1.15 pm at Top-o’-Town, Dorchester for a circular coach trip through Hardy
Country to Weymouth and back, recreating Larkin’s visit of January
1949. Two historic coaches belonging to the Wessex Historic
Transport Trust. Led by Tony Fincham and Sue Clarke.
3.00 pm Return to Top-o’-Town.

Cost for the weekend (including dinner on the Friday and Saturday evenings and lunch on Saturday and Sunday): £82.50
Accommodation is available at Kingston Maurward College at £38 per person per night (B & B) – for Friday, Saturday & Sunday night (if needed). No en suite facilities are available at the college and those attending may prefer to stay elsewhere in Dorchester.

To book please send cheques to: Carole Collinson: 32 Queen’s Drive, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 4EL
Cheques made out to ‘The Philip Larkin Society’.


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