History Matters. Dover’s Entry
Jacqui Wragg lights upon the convoluted history of ownership and occupation of Dovers off Church Street in the town, on the
Sturminster’s POET Tree was a big hit at the Festival.
The Poet Tree became a place to share words. Invited to post poems that had special meaning, people of all ages contributed their favourite rhymes, poems, lyrics and some prose too. There were some snippets from well-known poems, several original compositions, a few wise quotations, and even some profound thoughts on substituting reason for fallacy. Unsurprisingly given the drizzly weather in the morning, Dr Foster and Incy Wincey spider were pinned up early on! It didn’t take long for other writings to join them and by the end of the day all life was there and all emotions stirred. Those who read the postings commented on the assortment ranging from comical through to broken hearted.
One original creation that ably captured the theme of Sturminster Newton’s first Literary Festival went like this:
Thomas Hardy lived in Stur
He wrote a crackin’ book
about the Mayor of Casterbridge –
It’s really worth a look.