The Arnold Bennett Prize was inaugurated in 2017 and the winner was John Lancaster with his poetry anthology, Potters: A Division of Labour. John was handed his £500 prize by John Shapcott and broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed who had earlier given a lecture entitled ‘What can Arnold Bennett Teach Brexit Britain. John, a former Hanley High […]Read More
Welcome to the Arnold Bennett Society Website
Born, Enoch Arnold Bennett, on 27 May 1867 in Hanley, Stoke on Trent. Arnold left Stoke on Trent, ‘The Potteries’, for London when he was 21 to become a solicitor’s clerk, but after the publication of his first novel “A Man From The North” he never returned to live permanently in ‘The Potteries’. But his memorable childhood and early life in ‘The Potteries’ became the main inspiration for his ‘Five Towns Novels’. He wrote, “The Old Wives’ Tale” considered his masterpiece, in 1908 while living in Fontainebleau.
In Samira Ahmed’s radio program on BBC4 in June 2014, she described him as ‘The Edwardian David Bowie”. The J K Rowling of his day, his books sold in huge numbers, he was a figure of huge influence in politics and culture.
In 2017 the society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth with a number of events throughout the year.
Part of our 2017 Celebrations is an Arnold Bennett Book Prize
Would you like to become a member of the Arnold Bennett Society?
- Receive a 40 plus page newsletter 3 times a year
- Attend various events that are held throughout the year
- Attend our annual AGM