Thomas Hardy and Wessex : Geoff Doel and Fran Doel

WI Member: £575.00

Non Member: £625.00


Starts: Monday, 06 April 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Thursday, 09 April 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 13

Tutor: Geoff Doel and Fran Doel

Hardy wrote of his use of 'Wessex': The series of novels I projected … seemed to require a territorial definition of some sort to lend unity to their scene. Finding that the area of a single county did not afford a canvass large enough for this purpose…I disinterred the old one’.

We’ll explore Hardy’s fictional recreation of Wessex through descriptions in his writings and through archival and modern photos and folk songs. We’ll visit accessible sites from Denman in ‘North Wessex’ featured in the novels including Salisbury Cathedral & Stonehenge & Oxford.

No detailed advance reading of Hardy is required – just a love of Hardy and the countryside of Dorset & its surrounding counties.

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