An evening of readings, drama and music – a special fundraising event for Sturminster Newton Literary Festival, featuring Tim Laycock, John Blackmore and members of the New Hardy Players and William Barnes Society. Tim Laycock, acclaimed professional folk musician, actor, storyteller and author, has a special interest in the works of Hardy and Barnes, as well as the folk traditions of Dorset. John Blackmore is a singer, songwriter, poet and teacher from Somerset who has set a number of Barnes’ poems to music, arranging them for voice and guitar. https://soundcloud.com/j-blackmore/the-gate-a-fallen-to The New Hardy Players celebrate the work of Thomas Hardy and bring his stories to life. Members of the William Barnes Society help keep the poet’s Dorset dialect poetry with their readings.