Event 13

Tuesday 7th November 2023 | 12 noon

Event 13 | Jon Woolcott | Real Dorset


Jon Woolcott – Real Dorset

Real Dorset is a personal, detailed, humorous and idiosyncratic look at the county of Dorset, famous for its spectacular coastline, historic towns, its eco-foodie reputation and for Hardy and Fowles. But there’s much more behind this tourist friendly façade – subversion, rebellion and revolt, wealth and poverty, ghost stories and rich folklore. Its history can surprise, and here, Woolcott criss-crosses the county, making connections and uncovering the hidden and the forgotten – from the murky origins of the Cerne Abbas Giant to the revived pagan ritual of the Filly Loo, to Victorian nightlife in Bournemouth and the legacy of black GIs.

An illustrated talk

Introduced by Martin Maudsley

When: Tuesday 7th November 2023 @ 12 noon
Where: The Bull Ballroom


Jon Woolcott is a writer and publisher, who has lived in Dorset for twelve years, and grew up nearby in Southern Wiltshire. He currently works for the acclaimed independent publisher, Little Toller, where he also edits The Clearing, the online journal for new writing about place and nature. He has been Communications Officer for Cranborne Chase AONB, (straddling Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset), and held senior marketing and buying roles for Stanfords, Waterstones and Ottakar’s. His writing, which often focuses on Dorset, has appeared widely, including for The Guardian, Caught by the River, The Bookseller, Sightly Foxed, Echtrai Journal and History Press 

Martin Maudsley is a professional storyteller based in Bridport, with a passion for tales of the natural world and local landscapes. His recent book Telling the Seasons is a treasury of monthly folklore, nature and seasonal celebrations around the year.


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