The Dorsetarian

Dorset Ghost Walks

If you are looking for something different this year, then ghost tours can provide some great entertainment, especially if they're ghost tours after dark.
Alistair Chisholm's Dorchester Ghost Walks
Weymouth Ghost Walks
Haunted Harbour Tours
Granny Cousin's Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town
The Bridport Ghost Walk

The Little Green Dragon Hand Painted Gifts


Thomas Hardy,
& Rural Writing


Ghosts and Visions, Rites and Charms, Legends,
Magic and Ballads, Witches, Curses, Cures and Foretellings

Image11th - 13th April 2014

The Corn Exchange,
High East Street,
Dorchester, Dorset

A joint conference of The Folklore Society and the Thomas Hardy Society exploring Wessex folklore, folk customs and rural traditions, and the works of Thomas Hardy. The conference will also feature a panel of postgraduate papers on Hardy.

Speakers announced so far: - 

  • Jerry Bird, ‘Mumming and poverty in Hardy’s Wessex’
  • Angela Blaen, ‘Under a greenwood tree? Hardy and Westcountry authors’ attitudes to treelore’
  • Diana Coles, ‘The folklore of the Welsh Marches in Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth’
  • Paul Cowdell, ‘What Victorian peasantry? The surprising class warriors of English folk song scholarship’
  • Jacqueline Dilion, 'Ways of Knowing in Tess of the d'Urbervilles'
  • Paula Gerard, ‘Thomas Hughes and The Scouring of the White Horse’
  • Jeremy Harte, ‘Wide-Oh and the Toadman: cunning-folk in Dorset life and literature’
  • Dai Hawkins, ‘Folklore in the novels of Mary Webb’
  • Heather Hawkins, ‘Folklore and belief in Thomas Hardy’s poetry’
  • Karin Koehler, ‘“A letter in the candle”: folklore, letters, and the penny post in the works of Thomas Hardy’
  • Robert McDowall, ‘W.H. Hudson and his Dorset associations’
  • Mark Norman, ‘Cockstrides and carriages – parallels of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset ghosts in the wider Westcountry landscape’
  • Peter Robson, ‘Fiction, folklore and reconstruction – Thomas Hardy’s “Play of St. George”’
  • Charles Swain, ‘Beneath the corn at Maygreen: agricultural customs in the work of P.H Ditchfield’
  • Roy Vickery, ‘Hardy’s plantlore’
  • Juliette Wood, ‘Marie Trevelyan: fantasy writing and local folklore’

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