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Literary Lunch with Christopher Nicholson at Crown Inn, Marnhull

Crown Inn, Marnhull Marnhull

Christopher Nicholson is the author of several highly-praised works of fiction, including ‘The Elephant Keeper’, which was short-listed for the Costa Novel Prize, and ‘Winter’, a study of Thomas Hardy in old age. ‘Winter’ was described by the Times as ‘pitch-perfect….shrouded in ice, fog and the dark shadows of the trees that tower over Max […]

£25

William Barnes, Robert Young, and the Spirit of Stur

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Sturminster Newton

“William Barnes, Robert Young and the Spirit of Stur” David Fox shares insights into the past of the town and Vale life as depicted in the poetry and writings of William Barnes (1801-86) and Robert Young (1811-1908). Both were Sturminster-born and David puts this into the context of local history. Young witnessed local celebrations of […]

£8

A Concert of Traditional Music

St Mary's Church, Sturminster Newton Church Lane, Sturminster Newton

The Sturminster Newton Chamber Choir will be entertaining us with unaccompanied music for voices linked to Barnes, Hardy, and the local area. This includes four new settings of poems by Thomas Hardy composed by local musician David Lyon, especially for this event. The Mill Singers will be singing a collection of choral music. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-concert-of-traditional-music-tickets-317741382027

£7.50

All you need is words- a poetry workshop

Sturminster Newton Library Bath Rd, Sturminster Newton

The workshop is aimed at anyone interested in poetry; a love of poetry is essential. I will focus on alliteration and assonance as a means of making our poems vibrant and accessible. Maybe we will work in pairs. All you need is words! Pen and paper or iPad desirable. Sense of fun very welcome ! […]

£8

Robert Young Themed Walk Around Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton Museum Old Market Cross, Sturminster Newton

Robert Young (1811-1908) served as Parish Constable in Stur during Victorian times. His chronicles give an insight into the superstitions, squalor, sanitation and sermonising in the town and how things changed during his lifetime. Young witnessed the celebrations for victory at Waterloo, a man beaten to death in a bare-knuckle fight and the coming of […]

£5

Self Publishing Workshop with John Jenkins

Sturminster Newton Library Bath Rd, Sturminster Newton

A two-hour self-publishing workshop with John Jenkins. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/self-publishing-workshop-with-john-jenkins-tickets-613290457267

£10

Ruprt Brooke’s Poetry at Shillingstone Station

Shillingstone Station St Patricks Industrial Estate, Station Rd, Shillingstone,, Blandford Forum

Local poet David Caddy will lead a short walk along the North Dorset Trailway and will read poems by Rupert Brooke in the railway carriage at Shillingstone Station. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rupert-brookes-poetry-at-shillingstone-station-tickets-571742726887

£10

The Tennis Champion who Escaped the Nazis

1855 Building Old Market Cross, Sturminster Newton

Writer Felice Hardy tells the remarkable story of her grandmother, who escaped the Nazis in WW2 Vienna and played tennis at Wimbledon.

£8

From Sturminster Newton to the White House: the Fuller Sisters in America

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Sturminster Newton

A dramatic monologue performed by Rachel Alexander - as Rosalind Fuller - recounts the sisters’ three tours of America between 1911 and 1917. The drama is interspersed with the folk songs she and her sisters sang on farms, in the high class salons of wealthy women and even the White House. This piece, written by […]

£8

Beyond Tess

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Sturminster Newton

Michael Langridge, in conversation with Dr Tracy Hayes , talks about The Second Mrs Clare, his sequel to Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess'. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-tess-tickets-567919902717

£8

A Test Pilot’s Story

Sturminster Newton Library Bath Rd, Sturminster Newton

Writer Chris Taylor talks about his extraordinary career as a test pilot both with the Royal Navy and with civilian aircraft. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-test-pilots-story-tickets-578649094017

£8

Nature’s Wonders

Sturminster Newton Library Bath Rd, Sturminster Newton

Jane V. Adams talks about her latest book, Nature's Wonders, and how nature inspires her writing. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natures-wonders-tickets-593662870627

£8