Dorset Through the Seasons
An evening of readings, drama and music - a special fundraising event for Sturminster Newton Literary Festival, featuring Tim Laycock, John Blackmore and members of the New Hardy Players and William Barnes Society.
Tim Laycock, acclaimed professional folk musician, actor, storyteller and author, has a special interest in the works of Hardy and Barnes, as well as the folk traditions of Dorset.
John Blackmore is a singer, songwriter, poet and teacher from Somerset who has set a number of Barnes’ poems to music, arranging them for voice and guitar.
The New Hardy Players celebrate the work of Thomas Hardy and bring his stories to life.
Members of the William Barnes Society help keep the poet’s Dorset dialect poetry with their readings.
Sturminster Newton’s first literary festival on 15th June has a day packed with activities. We’re celebrating three local writers with Stur connections, current Dorset writers, and aspiring future authors and poets.
Discover the literary connections associated with Thomas Hardy, Robert Young, and William Barnes on a free guided walk around Sturminster Newton. Meet local authors in our local cafes and businesses where you can find out about their writing and buy a book or two. Children can find something new to read with our free book swap. Feeling creative? Hang a poem on our poet tree or sign up for a writing workshop by Gail Aldwin.
Local historian and writer David Fox will be talking Dorset, and the William Barnes Society will be performing readings around town. Tim Laycock’s one man show of Tess of the D’Urbervilles is not to be missed. Look out for a presentation by Taboo Theatre on their work, and performances by Maiden Oak, Amy Hopwood, and Sturminster Newton Chamber Choir.
The Exchange will host current Dorset authors Lulu Taylor and Rosanna Ley who will be talking about their latest books. Dorset poet David Caddy is talking about his work. There are heritage talks too with Roger Guttridge discussing Sturminster Newton’s literary connections, and Dr Alan Chedzoy talking about the relationship between Hardy and Barnes. There’s also a talk on the lost work of Robert Young by David Fox.
It promises to be an interesting and inspiring day with most events free of charge (donations appreciated).