- Victorian Poetry and English Dialects by Dr Martin Dubois
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Venue: Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR
Entry: WBS Members: FREE - Non-Members: a minimum donation of £2.
The Victorian period was a golden age of poetry composed in English regional dialects. It saw a remarkable flourishing of working-class dialect poetry, as the oral tradition associated with this social class emerged into print; this coincided with the appearance of William Barnes’s Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect (1844) and Hwomely Rhymes (1859), the two volumes that made Barnes’s reputation in his own day as well as among later poets such as W.H. Auden, C.H. Sisson, and Philip Larkin. Inspired partly by Barnes, several of the major poets of the period also experimented with regional vernaculars, including Alfred Tennyson and Gerard Manley Hopkins. This talk will focus on the significance of English dialects in Victorian poetry as a whole, in the work of poets of different social classes and from both urban and rural locations.
Dr Martin Dubois is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Newcastle University. His research falls into a few main areas: Victorian poetry, especially Hopkins; Victorian literature and religion; nonsense. His book Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Poetry of Religious Experience is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Martin is a family man with three young children. He enjoys football and is a Newcastle United season ticket holder.
- Annual Service of Remembrance
Date: Sunday 23 April 2017 (St. George's Day)
St. Peter's Church, Winterborne Came
Venue: St. Peter's Church, Winterborne Came, near Dorchester
Willam Barnes Society annual church service of rememberance and thanksgiving with dialect poetry readings. For further information please contact : Chairman: Brian Caddy 01305 260348
- Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch
Date: Saturday 24 June 2017
Time: 12noon for 12.30pm
Venue: Cerne Abbas Village Hall, DT2 7GY
(See Newletter 74 for full details of this event) For further information please contact : Chairman: Brian Caddy 01305 260348
- Visit to Old Came Rectory
Date: Saturday 15 July 2017
Venue: Old Came Rectory, Winterborne Came, DT2 8NX
By kind permission of Warren Davis and Phil Leach, WBS members will have an opportunity to visit the home of William Barnes (See Newletter 74 for full details of this event). For further information please contact : Chairman: Brian Caddy 01305 260348
- Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends
Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
Poetry and Song performed at Max Gate
Venue: Max Gate, Came View Rd, Dorchester DT1 2AB
Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock, together with dialect readers, from around the county in programme of words and music in Thomas Hardys garden, by courtesy of the National Trust. For further information please contact : Chairman: Brian Caddy 01305 260348
- Morning Service of Remembrance
Date: Sunday 8 October 2017
Venue: St. Peter's Church, Dorchester
Willam Barnes Society morning church serviceto commemorate William Barnes death (7th October 1886). Followed by laying floral tributes and dialect reading at his statue.
- Willam Barnes Society Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting. Followed by performances by John Blackmore entitled West Country Sound and Song. For further information please contact : Chairman: Brian Caddy 01305 260348