Thursday Evening 27th September
Doors Open: 6pm Talk starts: 6.30pm
Join Alastair Langlands and friends to celebrate HAMPSHIRE through the eyes of writers who have known and loved the county. It was through the native genius of Jane Austen that the novel reached its first flowering in Hampshire, but not the least of the county’s literary claims is as the birthplace of nature writing, with Gilbert White opening up a new universe with his minute observation of the natural world around him in his Hampshire parish of Selborne. This tradition was furthered in the county by W H Hudson, and reached its apogee with the night walks of the poet Edward Thomas. If Hampshire is revealed to be a crystallization of all the quiet virtues of England, we also get to delight in the affectionate mocking attention of Beryl Bainbridge, P G Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
At The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre – Behind the Selborne Arms