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Literary Lunch with Minette Walters at Crown Inn, Marnhull

Crown Inn, Marnhull Marnhull

At a literary lunch, special guest Minette Walters will talk about The Swift and the Harrier, her historical novel on the horrors of the Civil War in Dorset, and will be in conversation with Donald Nordberg. The Swift and the Harrier is a sweeping tale of adventure and loss, sacrifice and love, with a unique […]

£25

In Conversation with Karen Dickson

Sturminster Newton Library Bath Rd, Sturminster Newton

Karen Dickson discusses her bestselling books and historical romance writing. Karen Dickson lives in Dorset and used to work at her local branch of WHSmith, where she was fondly known as The Book Lady. Karen is the author of three novels and the third, A Songbird in Wartime, was shortlisted for an award by the […]

£6

Natasha Solomons in Conversation

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Sturminster Newton

Best-selling novelist and screenwriter Natasha Solomons will be discussing her dazzling new novel, I, Mona Lisa, with Sherborne novelist Lulu Taylor. This is a great opportunity to hear Natasha reveal how she came to write this wonderful book and the research she carried out to bring the Mona Lisa to life. “You’ve seen my smile, […]

£8

Rachel McLean in Conversation

Sturminster Newton Library Bath Rd, Sturminster Newton

Rachel McLean is an award-winning crime author who writes UK- based police procedurals. She is best known for the DI Zoe Finch series set in her home city of Birmingham, as well as the Dorset Crime series. Book 1 in the Dorset Crime series, The Corfe Castle Murders, won the Kindle Storyteller Award 2021 As […]

£6

The Musical Heritage of Thomas Hardy with Bonny Sartin of The Yetties

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Sturminster Newton

Thomas Hardy was not only a brilliant writer and poet, but also a talented fiddle player. This is the story of his music, his instruments and the characters he created, many of whom were involved in traditional song, music or dance. With poems, songs and readings by Bonny Sartin of The Yetties. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-musical-heritage-of-thomas-hardy-tickets-301824413947

£8

Thomas Hardy and His Correspondents

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Sturminster Newton

Professor Angelique Richardson and Dr Cath Sawyer discuss their work with the University of Exeter’s Hardy's Correspondents project. This presentation will introduce the University of Exeter’s Hardy's Correspondents project, a digital humanities collaboration with Dorset Museum, and look at ways in which the letters Hardy wrote, received, and respondd to, shed light on his many-sidedness, […]

£10

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