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Welcome to Wessex Society, the cultural society for the land of Thomas Hardy, King Alfred, Broadchurch, Hot Fuzz and The Wurzels. Here you can buy merchandise, learn about the region, and read our blog.

Wessex Chronicle (Blog)

Review: Orlam and I Inside The Old Year Dying by PJ Harvey

Polly Jean Harvey (2022) Orlam. London: Picador. Harvey, PJ. (2023) I Inside The Old Year Dying. Partisan Records .Orlam is a novel in verse by PJ Harvey that represents the first full-length book written in the Dorset dialect in over a century, though parallel translations into “book-English” can be found on facing pages, and there are also …

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The Society holds events on the closest Saturday to Barnes Night (22nd February), St Ealdhelm’s Day (25th May) and King Alfred Day (26th October).See the blog for details of forthcoming events.