About the Society
The current society was founded in 1954 in Stoke on Trent, the setting for his Five Town Novels and the majority of our members live in the UK, but we also have member in Australia, Turkey, Italy, India, America and Japan.
The Society’s aim since 1954 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.
Meet the Team
Brian Worthington – Chairman
Dr Leslie Powner
Dr Les Powner is an Honorary Research Fellow Keele University
His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Hall-Petite is Vice Chairman and Social Secretary of the Arnold Bennett Society
Carol Ann Gorton
Carol Ann Gorton has been Hon Secretary of the society for a number of years and her email address is
Kevin J Burke
Kevin Burke is an accountant and is Hon Treasurer of the Arnold Bennett Society
Alan Pedley is editor of the Arnold Bennett Society newsletter.
Dr Catherine Burgass – Staffordshire University
Hannah Scragg – PhD student Keele University
John Shapcott – Honorary Research Fellow Keele University
Overseas committee members
Professor Chitose Ikawa – Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
Dr Randi Saloman – Wake Forest College, Winston Salem, NC. U.S.A.
The Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent
The current Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent is Patron of the society during their year of office
Denis Eldin – Arnold Bennett’s Grandson
Denis Eldin is Arnold Bennett’s grand-son and lives in Paris. He is a frequent visitor to Stoke on Trent. This picture was taken at the 2016 annual dinner, held at Port Vale Football Club Banqueting Suite.
Dame Margaret Drabble, Lady Holroyd DBE FRSL.
Margaret is a novelist, biographer and critic. She is the author of “Arnold Bennett a biography“.
Jacques is Arnold Bennett’s son-in-law and was married to Virginia, his only daughter.
This picture was taken when a plaque was unveiled at Villa les Nefliers, Fontainebleau, France, the home of Arnold Bennett while he was writing The Old Wives’ Tale. The picture features Jacques in the garden with Gyles Brandreth.
John Shapcott is an Honorary Research Fellow, at the Research Institute for the Humanities at Keele University, and is an ex chairman of the Society.