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A Lecture on William Barnes and Thomas Hardy A FRIENDSHIP BEYOND BELIEF

Two Dorset Poets

William Barnes and Thomas Hardy

A Lecture on Barnes and Hardy and their friendship

To be given on Friday 7th June 2024 at 7.00pm at St.Andrew's Church, Fontmell Magna (SP7 0NY)

by Canon Alan Amos OBE

Alan is something of a poet himself, which makes him keenly interested in these two Dorset poets. It is worth exploring how their lives and their poetry intertwine, and how this dedicated vicar, and equally dedicated atheist valued the company and the work of each other. They teach us about the value of true friendship and tolerance, and the life work of each poet is a treasure which continues to reward the reader.

While Thomas Hardy is widely remembered for his novels, in his own mind it was his calling as a poet that was his true vocation. And William Barnes sought to marry words with the heritage of the Dorset countryside and its people, and their homely use of language.

Alan has retired to Dorset after a life in the ministry of the Church of England in the East End of London, Lebanon and Syria, Cambridge and Canterbury. He continues to minister

part time in the Iwerne Valley Benefice, and at Holy Trinity Geneva.

The lecture and time for questions will be approximately an hour after which there will be light refreshments. Part of the Iwerne Valley Benefice Making Jesus Known season.

Free entry. No tickets. There will a voluntary retiring collection for St.Andrew's Church Fabric Fund.

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