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


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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:

February – We start the year with talk at the Friends’ Meeting House, Newcastle under Lyme.  In 2017 the talk will be given by Dr Les Powner and the title will be – 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).  In 2015 our guest speaker was Theresa Heskins, artistic director at the New Victoria Theatre, Harshill.  Our guest speaker for 2016 was Alan Johnson MP and the event was held at the Port Vale Banqueting Suite.

2017 dinner will be held on 27 May – Arnold Bennett’s 150th birthday celebration and will be held at the Jubilee Hall, Stoke. 

June – A one day conference is held at the North Staffs Conference Centre in Hartshill with ten speakers contributing papers on Arnold Bennett.

October – Our 2016 AGM will be held on 22 October at Swan Bank Methodist Rooms, Burslem.

December – A Literary Lunch in held the first week of December with a speaker.  In 2015 the event was held at Middleport Pottery with Deborah McAndrew as the speaker.  It will be held again this year on 7 December at Middleport Pottery and the speaker will be Mrs Joan Walley.

Various other events are held during the year.

In 2017 we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Arnold Bennett’s birth and a number of extra events are planned.

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