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November 2018

Virginia and Florence Astley at Max Gate

November 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Max Gate, Alington Avenue
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2FN United Kingdom

Music, stories and poetry from Hardy’s time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes.

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December 2018

Virginia and Florence Astley at Max Gate

December 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Max Gate, Alington Avenue
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2FN United Kingdom

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley. Music, stories and poetry from Hardy’s time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for…

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Virginia and Florence Astley at Max Gate

December 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Max Gate, Alington Avenue
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2FN United Kingdom

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley. Music, stories and poetry from Hardy’s time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for…

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February 2019

The English River reading, Beaminster

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
St Mary’s Church, Church Street
Beaminster, DT8 3BA United Kingdom

Virginia Astley will recite poems from her new book The English River accompanied by Florence Astley on the harp. Her first book-length collection, The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river Thames…

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The Stories Behind The Woodlanders

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Max Gate, Alington Avenue
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2FN United Kingdom

Virginia Astley presents the stories behind Hardy’s novel The Woodlanders. There will be three short performances of around 20 minutes duration at 12 Noon, 2pm and 3pm. The performances will take place in the First Study at Max Gate, where…

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May 2019

The English River reading, Sea Change Festival

May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Sea Change Festival, High Street
Totnes, TQ9 5SN United Kingdom

Virginia Astley will recite poems from her new book The English River accompanied by Florence Astley on the harp. Her first book-length collection, The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river Thames…

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The English River reading, East Coker

May 28 @ 7:30 pm
Helyar Arms, Moor Ln, East Coker
Yeovil, BA22 9JR United Kingdom

Virginia Astley will recite poems from her new book The English River accompanied by Florence Astley on the harp. Her first book-length collection, The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river Thames…

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June 2019

Thomas Hardy Confidential

June 12 @ 4:00 pm - June 16 @ 2:30 pm
Othona Community, West Dorset Coast Road, Bridport
Dorset, DT6 4RN United Kingdom
£240

Thomas Hardy is known mostly for his powerful novels set here in Dorset. But what do you know of his literary first love, his poetry? And what about the ‘secret’ love affair of his youth that haunted and helped shape…

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Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

June 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Max Gate, Alington Avenue
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2FN United Kingdom

Music, stories and poetry from Hardy’s time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes. Performances will be at 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00. £3.00 donation is kindly requested for the performers.

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August 2019

2 x day writing workshop with Virginia Astley

August 8 @ 12:00 pm - August 9 @ 5:00 pm
Kestle Barton, Manaccan
Helston, Cornwall TR12 6HU United Kingdom

Virginia Astley is hosting a two day writing workshop taking place this summer at Kestle Barton Art Gallery, Cornwall. Virginia was Artist-in-Residence at Kestle Barton in 2010. She is interested in putting the spoken word and music together and in…

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