Our Fourth Literary Lunch will take place this year at 

Middleport Pottery 

On Wednesday 2 December 2015 

The guest speaker will be Deborah McAndrew

(Claybody Theatre Company)

Full details and booking form will be included in the autumn newsletter – a few places are still available.

S O L D   O U T 


Our usual February talk will take place on 

Saturday 27 February at 

Friends' Meeting House, Newcastle Under Lyme

Morag Jones will talk about WW1 Poets 


We have a change of venue for our 2016 annual dinner

The annual dinner will take place at

Port Vale Banqueting Room 

On Saturday 12 March 2016 



The 13th Arnold Bennett Conference

4, June 2016

North Staffs Conference Centre,

Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent.

Theme: Arnold Bennett’s Friends and Acquaintances


During his life Bennett acquired many close friends in the fields of literature, journalism, theatre, music and other political and cultural domains. He also interacted socially with many key figures in Britain and Europe.

The Society believes that this aspect of Bennett’s personality and influence offers a major opportunity for the presentation of papers examining some of these relationships. Papers exploring one of Bennett’s friendships or a relationship with a contemporary will be welcome but the paper need not necessarily focus upon an individual friendship or acquaintance.  Papers examining friendship networks or other significant relationships can be proposed.

The Society welcomes proposals for papers exploring this dimension of Bennett’s life and work. I am confident that there will be an enthusiastic response to a conference that explores this aspect of Bennett’s life and work.  Abstracts of up to 200 words are requested for papers of up to twenty-five minutes duration. Submissions by 1, April 2015 to Dr Leslie Powner: lesliepowner@gmail.com.




Our Bursley Trail Leaflet is now available at Barewall Gallery, Burslem.  Why not have a look around the Gallery  while picking up your copy.



– barewall.co.uk           



Thanks to Stoke on Trent City Council and the Arnold Bennett Society, and with kind permission of the new owners of 205 Waterloo Road, there is now a Blue Plaque on the home of Arnold Bennett.  Arnold lived in this house with his parents and siblings from 1879 – 1881.



A small replica can be purchased from the society, just email Carol on arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com for furthet details. 


– filmarchive.org.uk 






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Arnold Bennett

Voted greatest West Midland writer in 2005 and appears on the Regional Wall of Fame in Birmingham's City Plaza.
The present Arnold Bennett Society was re-formed in 1954 and has members throughout the United Kingdom as well as abroad.  It is based in the City of Stoke on Trent, the "Five Towns" of Arnold Bennett's novels.
The Society's aim is to promote the study and appreciation of the life, works and times, not only of Arnold Bennett himself, but also of other provincial writers, with particular relationship to North Staffordshire.
An annual dinner is held in Stoke on Trent with a guest speaker of distinction.  Past speakers have included Theresa Heskins, artistic director of the New Victoria Theatre, Hartshill, Baroness Shirley Williams, John Suchet, Priscilla Masters, A N Wilson, Deborah Moggach, Dame Margaret Drabble and local historian, Mr Fred Hughes. Our guest speakers for 2016 will Alan Johnson MP for Hull. 
In 2015 we will hold our 4th literary lunch.  The guest speaker will be actress, author and playwrite Deborah McAndrew, and it will be held at Middlport Pottery.  
The Society is promoting the republication of a series of Bennett's novels, just click on the Books link. You can also get back numbers of our newsletters if available from the editor.
The Past Events button will give you a report on a visit to Fontainebleau  on 11th October 2008 where we unveiled a plaque at Arnold Bennett's former home and more recently a visit to  A Return to Riceyman Steps.  More recently the musical "Darling of the Day" an adaptation of AB's novel "BuriedAlive". Members also receive 3 newsletters each year which include original works, notices, articles and mentions of Bennett in other publications.
We are members of Alliance of Literary Societies  and  Staffordshire Heritage Group and have links to othesocieties, such as Ford Madox Ford Society, HG Wells and  Staffordshire History.
You can contact the Chairman of the Arnold Bennett Society,
Dr Les Powner – lesliepowner@gmail.com 

The Secretary Carol Gorton at arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com

Alan Pedley at agcpedley@gmail.com (Editor of the Arnold Bennett Society newsletter)

President:  M Denis Eldin (Arnold Bennett's grandson)
Vice Presidents: Dame Margaret Drabble – James Hepburn – – Professor Ray Johnson MBE – Mr John Shapcott – M Jacques Eldin.
"The B.B.C. claim to have discovered a new type, the middlebrow It consists of people who are hoping that some day they will get used to the stuff they ought to like."
Punch, 23 December 1925.

Listen to Geoff Walker, Society member, reading from the short stories on the link below, then go to the Arnold Bennett page. 



Take a look at Libby Hall's book collection – https://www.flickr.com/photos/libbyhalldogs/albums/72157657349208901