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From 20/03/2024 until 20/03/2025. 09:00

A Dorset Spring through the Poetry of William Barnes

To compensate for cancelled events during the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020/21, the Society has prepared a programme of virtual events to entertain from the comfort of your home.

In March 2021, a selection of William Barnes poetry relating to the Spring season was read by members and friends of the William Barnes Society

Poems written by William Barnes Readings include: 

  • The Spring (National English) read by Sue Lofthouse
  • Our Fathers Works read by Brian Caddy
  • A bit o’ sly coorten (Eclogue) read by Joy Parsons and Rod Drew
  • Fieldwork composed and read by Bill Jenkinson
  • The Lark read by Devina Symes
  • The Girt Woak Tree that’s in the Dell read by Tim Laycock
  • The ‘Lotments (Eclogue) Brian Caddy and Tim Laycock
  • Easter Zunday read by Devina Symes
  • Seasons and Times (National English) read by Mary Stuck.

Readings recorded by Jane Ashdown via Zoom

Photography and images provided by Mark North

Additional Music:

  • Blackmwore Maidens by William Barnes Composed and Sung by John Blackmore
  • Linden Lea by William Barnes Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, sung by John Blackmore
  • All songs and music used with permission 

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