For anyone who couldn’t make it to our Being Human 2016 event, we recorded the panel discussion that took place after the film screening and you can watch it by clicking here!
Many thanks to our speakers – Chris Lyon, Kirsty Harris and Kathy Rees – and to everyone who came along and got involved – it was a great evening and we hope to see many of you again at future events.
In honour of tomorrow’s Far From the Madding Crowd event for the Being Human Festival 2016, unit member Chris Lyon has written a post for us about his experiences with reading Thomas Hardy.
We’re looking forward to our free screening and discussion of Far From the Madding Crowd tomorrow, and hope to see you there!
Hardy and Me. A Personal Account.
The Tithe Barn, Abbotsbury near Wymouth, by Walter Tyndale
Like most people passing through the English state education system, my first encounter with Thomas Hardy was an obligatory study of a Hardy novel as part of the GCE (now GCSE) National Curriculum for English Literature. No explanation was given as to why Hardy was and still is deemed essential reading. He just appeared in the classroom one day. In my case that day happened to be in 1974, exactly 100 years after its first publication. The novel in question was Far from the Madding Crowd.
Our next event takes place on 24th November between 7 and 10pm in the Mumford Theatre. We are hosting a film screening of Thomas Vinterberg’s 2015 version of Far From the Madding Crowd, followed by a panel discussion comprised of lecturers and students working on theories of adaptation. The audience will be invited to ask questions or raise topics for the panel to discuss.
This event is part of the Being Human Festival 2016, free to attend, and open to everyone.
Book your free tickets here!