Victorian Fayre

William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet.

Saturday 24th February 2018

William Barnes Merchandise

A selection, of William Barnes and Dorset related merchandise from postcards, books, and CDs

Dorset Dialect Trails Playing Cards

Dorset Dialect Trails Playing Cards

A unique set of playing cards celebrating the historic town of Dorchester and poet, William Barnes. Each card contains a visual reference to Dorchester and a Dorset dialect word.

The Bride Night Fire

The Bride Night Fire

Alan Chedzoy reads 23 Dorset Poems by William Barnes and Thomas Hardy, with songs performed by the Yetties

William Barnes Poems of the Seasons Postcards

William Barnes Poems of the Seasons Postcards

Each card is beautifully illustrated with a dialect poem by William Barnes

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Victorian Fayre William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet. Saturday 24th February 2018
What’s the point of William Barnes in 21st Century? For the many years of the dominance of Received Pronunciation (RP) it was easy to see William Barnes as an irrelevant eccentric. With more recent developments in linguistics, and a growing interest in national and regional diversity, it may be time for Barnes to reclaim his place as a significant figure in the world!! Dr Richard Bradbury will also discuss his more socially engaged prose works. Tuesday 27th March 2018
Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave Sunday 22nd April 2018
The Serpent and it’s Local Connections Come an listen to musician, Philip Humphries talk on the history and development of the strange bass wind instrument known as the 'Serpent' due to its curious shape. This talk will be interspersed with music and poetry. Tuesday 15th May 2018

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Come, so’s, an’ buy at Fancy Feäir Traditional Victorian Fayre, a William Barnes Society Fund-Raising event to celebrate the life of William Barnes, Dorset dialect poet Monday 19th February 2018
William Barnes and My Father Sam Jeffrey has very kindly donated The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 1 in Dorset Dialect and The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 2 in National English to the Society. Sunday 28th January 2018
John Blackmore captivates Society members Following the recent William Barnes Society Annual General Meeting, John Blackmore presented 'Music and Song' to the audience. Sunday 15th October 2017
Service of Remembrance to William Barnes On Sunday 8h October 2017 10:30am, at St Peter’s Church, Dorchester, the Morning Service to commemorate the anniversary of the death of William Barnes took place. It was followed by a wreath laying at the statute. Monday 9th October 2017

AROUND THE WORLD WITH WILLIAM BARNES: Part 2 - Greece

AROUND THE WORLD WITH WILLIAM BARNES: Part 2 - GreeceAROUND THE WORLD WITH WILLIAM BARNES: Part 2 - Greece Jim Potts returns to Greece to explore Athens and the Influence of Greek Culture in works of Byron, Barnes and Hardy

John Blackmore

John BlackmoreJohn Blackmore John Blackmore is a singer, songwriter, poet and teacher from Somerset. John discovered William Barnes while studying English Literature at University
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