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2018 Arnold Bennett Prize

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The winner of the 2018 Arnold Bennett Prize will be announced at the society’s annual conference on 9 June at the North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill. The five shortlisted books are: poetry anthology A Less Clear Dream by Roger Bloor; historic murder mystery Winter Downs by Jan Edwards; murder mystery Red is the Colour by […]

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Annual Literary Lunch 2018

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Our 6th Annual Literary Lunch will be held on Wednesday 5 December 2018 At Middleport Pottery, Stoke on Trent Our guest speaker will be Mr Jonathan Taylor, author of the novels Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012) and Melissa (Salt, 2015), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007). His poetry collection […]

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2017 A Celebration of everything Bennett

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From the Art Exhibition’s launch on 18 February 2017 through to our Literary Lunch on 6 December, 2017 has been quite a roller-coaster ride celebrating AB’s 150th birthday. Thanks to everyone who took part. The highlight of the year must go to the unveiling of the wonderful statue of AB and our thanks to Ray […]

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Annual Conference 9 June 2018 Booking Form

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There is still time to book a place at the Arnold Bennett Conference The decline is 31 May 2018 9 June 2018 North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill. Click on these links for a booking form and copy of the day’s programme 2018 Conference Booking Form (2) 2018 Conference programme[1] JS  

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Sunday 27 May 2018 -Savoy Lunch

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SUNDAY 27TH MAY 2018.    LUNCH AT THE SAVOY GRILL – CELEBRATING AB’s BIRTHDAY Following the success of the Lunch at the Savoy Grill in 2017, a further booking has been made for the D’Oyly Carte room for lunch on Sunday 27th May 2018,  Arnold’s 151st birthday.   Due to the limit of 40 diners many […]

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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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Colin Fisher – Blog – 9 August 2016

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Tales from the South Seas For over two years I used Arnold Bennett’s self-help book Literary Taste to find out if, a century after the book’s publication, it was possible to create my own literary taste. To carry on the experiment, I will now read the books reviewed by Arnold Bennett in the Evening Standard […]

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