Programme 9 June 2012
8.45 – 9.30 a.m. Registration
9.30 – 9.40 a.m. Introduction – Morag Jones (Chairman – AB Society)
John Shapcott (Keele University)
The Sound of Silence: Arnold Bennett goes to the Cinema
John Ross (AB Society member)
Listening to the Agony Uncle: A brief survey of AB’s self help books
Fiona Tomkinson (Yeditepe University Istanbul)
It won’t bear skipping: Victor Hugo and the Clayhanger Trilogy
10.45 – 11.10 a.m. Coffee/Tea
Fred Hughes (local historian)
A Curious Night on Ilam Lake: an analysis of Bennett’s qualities as an investigative journalist.
Katey Goodwin (Co-ordinator Manager of the Public Catalogue Foundation).
“Some fair and some fairly awful”: Arnold Bennett and Art
Mark Egerton (AB Seminar Co-ordinator)
Arnold Bennett in the theatre.
Elizabeth Negus (head of English at Barking College)
Bennett; The History Man.
12.45 – 1.45 p.m. Lunch
Chitose Ikawa (Hitotsubashi University)
From Altruistic Social Reform to Solitary
Self-Improvement: Pocket Philosophy and the Self-Help Market
Deborah Wynne (University of Chester)
‘A Sea of Talk about Dress…So many gardens of hats’: Bennett’s Journals and the language of clothes.
David Davies (AB Society member): The Entire Life History of a Woman: the influence of French literature on The Old Wives’ Tale.
Anthony Patterson (University of Durham)
The Creative Artist and the Book Trade: Jacob Tonson’s Books and Persons’ Causerie in The New Age (1908-1911)
Alan Pedley (Editor of AB Society Newsletter)
Things that interested Him: Some observations on Arnold Bennett’s Journals.
3.50 – 4.15 p.m. Tea/Coffee
Ray Johnson: “It’ll all be over by Christmas, Marguerite”
4.15 – 5.30 p.m. Questions & General Discussion – Closing remarks