BBC Radio 4 Thomas Hardy’s Dorset

Join Literature Works CEO Tracey Guiry and novelist Jane Feaver as they meet Helen Mark to discuss Thomas Hardy’s Dorset.

“Thomas Hardy is one of England’s most enduring writers. 175 years after his birth a new film of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ has recently been released and like the original version from 1967 it features scenes shot in the beautiful Dorset countryside. For Hardy the heathland, forests and rivers which surrounded his birthplace at Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester were more than a backdrop. Landscape in Hardy’s novel is central to the narrative and it is his vivid descriptions of the stunning setting in which he grew up that lend authenticity and magic to what he wrote. Helen Mark visits Dorset to discover the countryside which Hardy disguised as ‘Wessex’ in novels such as ‘Tess of the D’urbervilles’, ‘Return of the Native’, ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ and ‘Jude the Obscure’ and hears how this landscape is now inspiring new writers in their work.”

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