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


Members will receive a 40 plus page newsletter three times a year.  They can also contribute to the newsletter.

Membership runs from 1 September.


Membership Form pdf

February – We start the year with talk at the Friends’ Meeting House, Newcastle under Lyme.  The 2017 the talk was given by Dr Les Powner and the title was – Bennett and the Vic: The Victoria Theatre’s Stage Adaptations of Bennett’s Five Town Novels.  Everyone is welcome. No need to book, just pay at the door.  Tea and biscuits will be served afterwards with a chance to talk to other members.


March – We have our annual dinner, which is traditionally held in Burslem. Past speakers have included Deborah Moggach, John Suchet, A N Wilson, Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams), Theresa Heskins, artistic director at the New Victoria Theatre, Harshill and Alan Johnson MP and the event was held at the Port Vale Banqueting Suite. We had a change of date for 2017 and celebrated AB’s 150 birthday on 27 May 2017 (his actual birthday) at the Jubilee Hall, Stoke on Trent.  the guest speaker was Mr Simon Heffer, writer and journalist with the Telegraph.


June – A one day conference is held at the North Staffs Conference Centre in Hartshill with speakers contributing papers on Arnold Bennett. We have a change of date this year.  The conference will be organised by Keele University and the Arnold Bennett Society and will be held on 2 September 2017.  Our two key-note speakers will be Dr Jonathan Wilde – Edinburgh and Randi Saloman – North Carolina. On 1 September there will be a FREE talk by Samira Ahmed in the Westminster Theatre, Keele University and the title will be – What Can Arnold Bennett each Brexit Britain?


October – Our 2017 AGM will be held on 21 October at Swan Bank Methodist Rooms, Burslem.  More details to follow.


December – A Literary Lunch is held the first week of December with a guest speaker.  It will be held this year on 6 December at Middleport Pottery and the speaker will be Mr Bert Flitcroft – Staffordshire Poet Laureate.


Various other events are held during the year.

Download 2017-2018 Membership Form