Virginia and Florence Astley: A Thomas Hardy Evening

Virginia and Florence Astley perform outdoors for a short online event via Facebook Live. Staged in the woods behind Thomas Hardy’s cottage in Dorset, the performance will feature poems and music as well as talk about Hardy’s life. A lot … Read More

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Music, stories and poetry with a Hardy theme bring Max Gate’s Victorian Christmas to life. Gather round the warmth of the fire in the Drawing Room to enjoy the sounds of harp and flute filling Hardy’s home. We recommend you … Read More

The Stories Behind The Woodlanders

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 … Read More

Literature Works Interview

Literature Works is a regional literature development agency which focusses on south west England. As part of the ongoing promotional work for The English River, Virginia recently spoke to them about the inspirations behind the book, the influence of Thomas … Read More

Autumn days in Hardy Country

To mark the end of her residency at Hardy’s Cottage in October, literary website Writing Places asked writer-in-residence Virginia Astley to consider contemporary rural life in her essay. “It’s another damp autumn morning and dragging Henry Hoover round Hardy’s study … Read More

Virginia Astley on Apple Day at Hardy’s Cottage

Virginia Astley has been writer-in-residence at Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in Dorchester throughout September and October. As the residency draws to a close, she shares her writer’s journal with Writing Places – a website created through a partnership between Literature Works … Read More

Virginia as Writer-In-Residence at Hardy’s Cottage

Virginia has been selected as writer-in-residence at Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in Dorset. Hardy’s literary works have always held a particular interest for Virginia. Her 1996 album Had I The Heavens was originally conceived as an album of songs inspired by … Read More