THE NEW HARDY PLAYERS
8 June 2018
At the summer Poetry Plus event, members of the Sherborne Literary Society were splendidly entertained by The New Hardy Players who performed readings and songs, accompanied by an accordionist, from the poems of Dorset’s most celebrated poet and author.
The group is well-known throughout the county, and beyond, for promoting Thomas Hardy’s works in an evocative and realistic way with great enthusiasm. This year, being the 90th anniversary of Hardy’s death, they are in more demand than ever, staging several outdoor performances of ‘The Trumpet Major’ by way of commemoration.
See their excellent website for more details by following the links: www.hardyplayers.org
An evening with Victoria Glendinning
4 May 2018
The person who had the least distance to travel to our Words with Wine event on 4th May was our speaker, Victoria Glendinning, who came to tell us about her brand new book - The Butcher’s Daughter, as yet not available in bookshops (except of course Winstone’s, who have a plentiful supply of signed copies). As our President, Rachel Billington, reminded us in her introduction, Victoria has a long pedigree of writing a whole range of different books but many of them are biographical and all feature fascinating individuals as their main protagonist. This latest book, Victoria went on to explain in her talk, features one nun, Agnes Peppin, caught up in Henry VIII’s Reformation who was thus ignominiously, together with all her fellow residents, kicked out of Shaftesbury Abbey before it was destroyed. All those who had dedicated their lives to their God by entering enclosed communities found themselves with nowhere to live, no funds and very often no family on whom to lean for help. Agnes was the disgraced daughter of the Bruton butcher who could not return to her old home for refuge and thus set up her new life with a friend in Sherborne.
Although The Butcher’s Daughter is a novel it follows real events and features real places and real historical people. Perhaps most relevant to the Sherborne audience is that it all takes place in and around Sherborne, in North and West Dorset and South Somerset.
As is usual at our Words with Wine events this was very well attended and everyone could enjoy a fascinating insight into this new book over a glass of wine and canapés, as well as the opportunity to chat with the author and to acquire a copy before its due publication date. Indeed this was the first time Victoria Glendinning had actually seen the finished book in its splendid cover.