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

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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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Membership

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Members will receive a 40 plus page newsletter three times a year.  They can also contribute to the newsletter. Membership runs from 1 September. During the year, various events are organized for the membership, such as:   Download 2017-2018 Membership Form   February – We start the year with talk at the Friends’ Meeting House, Newcastle […]

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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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2018 Arnold Bennett Prize

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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 […]

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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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