The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

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Piccadilly (1929)

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Arnold Bennett 150th – PICCADILLY (1929) – with Live Piano Accompaniment Biddulph Town Hall – 25 July 2017 Starts at 6.30pm and entrance fee is £4 Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek – 15 September 2017 Starts at 7.30pm and entrance fee is £5 – Book on line at wegottickets.com One of the pinnacles of British silent […]

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Visit England 2017

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VisitEngland has declared 2017 to be the “Year of Literary Heroes”, in recognition of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, to name just two milestone events. Following on from 2016’s Year of the Garden – which commemorated the tercentenary of landscape designer, Capability Brown – […]

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Stoke-in-Print

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A short public-access course looking at the literary-historical Potteries from its Victorian heyday to the post-industrial present. Led by Dr Catherine Burgass at Keele University (February – April 2017) stoke-in-print-with-cb-private-email-5

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Literary Lunch – 6 December 2017

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Literary Lunch Wednesday 6 December 2017 12.00 for 12.30 Middleport Pottery Middleport Guest speaker: Bert Flitcroft Staffordshire Poet Laureate Tickets TBC Call Barbara on 01782 611185 to book a place Send cheque: payable to Arnold Bennett Society to Carol Gorton 4 Field End Close, Trentham. S.O.T ST4 8DA Traditional Christmas Menu plus vegetarian choice: for […]

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2017 Programme

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2017: BENNETT’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR Full programme of events Arnold Bennett: in life and art The Exhibition of Arnold Bennett’s Watercolours at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, Hanley. Stoke on Trent Is now CLOSED – You can purchase a copy of the catalogue from the PM&AG Hanley, Barewall Gallery, Burslem or from the […]

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Retro Reads

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Val Hennessy – Daily Mail 26 August 2016 – THE CARD by Arnold Bennett By 1928, Bennett was one of Britain’s most popular novelists. Then he received a critical drubbing from sneery Virginia Woolf (‘dull to the point of comical’) and his success nose-dived. His entertaining novels, set in the Midlands Potteries, throng with rumbustious working-class […]

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From the Vaults, but worth reading again

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The Age of Uncertainty –  On Google searches, the name ‘Arnold Bennett’ frequently appeared, but each time I dismissed him without a moment’s consideration. The very idea! But why was I so prejudiced against a novelist who had once been called “the English Zola”? I couldn’t quite remember. Mrs Woolf and Mr Bennett

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