THE LOCAL landscape in the writing of Thomas Hardy will be discussed in a talk at the Dorset County Museum.

Professor William Greenslade, from the University of the West of England, will give a talk entitled The Remote and the Familiar: Hardy’s Uses of Landscape on Thursday, June 26.

Professor Greenslade will look at how Hardy frequently referred to the Dorset, or Wessex, landscape in his novels and poems and how he used the physical and atmospheric qualities of the natural environment to generate melodrama and set the scene.

The talk starts at 7.30pm, with doors open from 7pm, and is free but donations are encouraged to cover costs.